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LOCAL LAND SERVICES MODEL TO GIVE FARMERS GREATER AUTONOMY

Friday, October 05, 2012
The NSW Government will deliver greater autonomy to local farmers and landowners for the management of agricultural and natural resources through its new Local Land Services model, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

The new Local Land Services will deliver locally prioritised services including, agricultural advice; plant and animal pest control and biosecurity; natural resource management; and emergency and disaster assessment and response.

Mr Grant said the current service delivery model is inefficient and unsustainable.

"The cost of having over 200 board members between the LHPA's and the CMA's is over $7 million," said Mr Grant.

"The administrative cost alone of the CMA'S consumes up to 30% of their funding, precious dollars that never hit the ground.

"We have discovered a massive amount of duplication of service provision within the sector and a clear over representation among within administration of both organisations.

"This has been the key driver behind the need to deliver a more cost efficient way of delivering these very same services to rural communities."

Mr Grant said the NSW Natural Resources Commissioner Dr John Keniry AM will chair a Reference Panel to oversee the construction of the new Local Land Services.

"Given that Dr Keniry has yet to convene the panel it would be pointless to speculate on what this might mean for each LHPA and CMA in terms of staffing requirements," said Mr Grant.

"The introduction of Local Land Services should not be interpreted as a simple reduction in front line services however it will involve changes to the way in which many of these services have been delivered."

Mr Grant said once Local Land Services has been implemented, the local landowner and farmer will be able to access a one stop shop to obtain advice on a range of matters instead of seeking this information and assistance from up to three different locations.

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