Local Land Services

The Department of Primary Industries has proposed the formation of a new Local Land Services (LLS) agency for NSW. It will be the biggest change to agricultural services in 60 years. NSW Farmers agree that changes needed to be made to the delivery of agricultural services, but it is important that the right changes are made.

LLS will replace the 14 Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs), 13 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) and the advisory services provided by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The agency will be run by local boards of elected and skills-based directors.

In representing you as our members, we have voiced concerns about the proposed LLS model. We have taken your feedback including more than 750 online survey responses to represent you. We have done this through our seat on the Reference Panel as well as in direct representation to key stakeholders involved in designing the LLS.

Our message to government is clear -  this is an opportunity to improve service delivery, but it must be done correctly and the Government must end the slow decline in agricultural services.

 


How you can get involved?

The boards
The boundaries for the 11 new LLS areas have been released. In summary the boards will consist of 7 members – 4 appointed by the Minister and 3 elected by ratepayers. To account for its size this ratio will be 5:4 for the western area.

If you are interested in becoming a local board member or know anyone with expertise in rural and regional issues, governance, management, natural resource management, agriculture and biosecurity we urge you to register your interest by emailing the department for an information pack. Positions have been advertised and applications are due in by 27 June 2013.

Find out more about the new Local Land Service Bill

The Local Land Services Bill
Here is a copy of the 219 page bill which outlines the functions and powers of the new Local Land Services and here is a copy of the second reading speech.

The Bill was introduced into the Upper House on 29 May and is expected to be debated in the Upper House sometime after 17 June.


Next steps 

  • June 2013 - Bill introduced into the Upper House, positions advertised (independent chair, 33 government appointed board members and 11 chairs)
  • July 2013 - Government appointment of chairs, first meeting of board of chairs
  • September 2013 - Appointment of government board members, first meeting of local boards
  • January 2014 - LLS operational
  • First quarter 2014 - Elections held for ratepayer elected board positions.

For more information on the LLS announcement, a series of factsheets and media releases are contained on the DPI website.

What is being proposed?
Reference Panel Meetings
What you have said

NSW Farmers have released initial results of the NSW Farmers LLS survey. Please note that the survey is still open (Click here to complete the survey)

  • Click here to view the initial results of NSW Farmers’ Local Land Services survey (13-20 November 2012)
  • Click here for DPI’s record of the workshops you have been attending
What we have asked for
Continue to have your say!

Thank you for continuing to provide NSW Farmers with your ideas, suggestions and feedback on the proposed LLS.

We are working hard to ensure the new LLS represents a better outcome for members than the status quo, without shifting government costs onto farmers If you haven’t yet had your say, please ensure you do so, as we can only represent your views if we know what they are. There are three key ways for you to provide feedback on the proposed LLS agency.

  • Click here for suggestions on what you can tell your local MP and/or the Minister about LLS, as well as questions that remain unanswered.
  • Click here to submit a letter to the Minister for Primary Industries (NB: the letter has been prepared by NSW Farmers. You simply need to add your details and it will be sent electronically)
  • Complete the NSW Farmers survey on LLS
  • Provide feedback directly to NSW Farmers on any aspect of the proposed LLS
  • To provide feedback to the NSW Government on any aspect of the proposed LLS
Media releases
External links

Contact: Matt Brand

Phone: 1300 794 000

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