Natural Resource Management integral to Local Land Services

20 Feb 2013

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Sustainable management of natural resources to build resilient, productive landscapes in New South Wales will be a key focus of the new Local Land Services.

From January next year, Local Land Services will deliver services currently provided by Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and some advisory services of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

Tom Gavel, Chair of the CMA Chair’s Council, said Local Land Services presents a unique opportunity to reframe the way the State provides vital services and support to its communities and its farmers.

"Natural Resource Management will be an integral component of the new Local Land Services," Mr Gavel said.

"One of the key elements of Local Land Services will be locally driven and truly integrated service delivery.

"Investment and decision making on natural resources will be made at a local level to ensure the best use of local knowledge and expertise.

"Local Land Services will ensure natural resources are managed in the social, economic and environmental interests of the state.

"The new organisation will strengthen the State’s ability to deliver coordinated, strategic regional plans to landholders and provide the framework to provide them with financial assistance and incentives.

"This active and sustainable management of our natural resources will support productive and resilient agricultural industries into the future."

CMAs are currently working closely with landholders to ensure a smooth transition to Local Land Services is achieved in the new year.

Stakeholders can have their say on Local Land Services by attending one of 21 Community Consultation Workshops currently underway across the state or by visiting the Have Your Say Website http://engage.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices

Local Land Services will allow for integrated service delivery, making it easier to provide better outcomes for farmers, landowners and the community.

Examples of how CMAs, DPI and LHPAs are already collaborating include:

Pig campaign to improve natural resources: The Darling and North West LHPAs and the Western CMA cooperated on three large-scale, integrated programs to destroy almost 10,000 feral pigs. Areas included the Bourke to Brewarrina section of the Barwon-Darling River, the Cuttaburra Basin and surrounds, and the area adjacent to the Narran Lakes. Controlling feral pigs improves land condition, water quality and wetlands, productivity, and reduces predation of livestock.

Goat culling program to improve biodiversity and water quality: The Cumberland and Tablelands LHPAs, Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA, the Sydney Catchment Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands and landholders worked together in a comprehensive feral goat culling program, in the Wollondilly, Wingecarribee and Paddys Rivers corridors. This has benefited rural landholders within the Upper Warragamba Catchment and residents of the Greater Sydney area by reducing the impact of feral goats on biodiversity and adjoining agricultural land, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s water quality.

Stubble management for better air, soil quality: Murrumbidgee CMA staff worked closely with FarmLink, Department of Primary Industries, EH Graham Centre and Murrumbidgee Landcare to investigate stubble management techniques in Harden, Henty and Junee. This resulted in a decline in stubble burning leading to reduction in soil and nutrient runoff and less air pollution from burning.

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