Yass locals invited to have their say on Local Land Services

Dear Editor,

Building the new Local Land Services is still very much a work in progress - this is a long distance race, not a sprint. The key to creating purpose-built and locally managed organisations is to make sure local people and organisations are involved from the start. This opportunity for local farmers, land managers and communities to get involved in building a Government service is unprecedented. Local Land Services is a complete re-think of how the NSW Government delivers agricultural extension, natural resource management and biosecurity services which support our communities to be productive and progressive. The latest draft map of Local Land Services regions released by the Stakeholder Reference Panel is just that - a draft. I encourage everyone with considered and constructive feedback to contribute to the process. The Stakeholder Reference Panel represents the farming and natural resource management communities, as well as Local Government, yet there are many ways to get involved. To date more than 500 submissions have been collected via the Have Your Say website, 19 formal workshops are scheduled to begin in February and the Reference Panel meets regularly. The consultation process is gaining momentum as community and farming leaders consider the merits of how Local Land Services will deliver effective, efficient and locally relevant services to ratepayers. Consultation continues well into April, so I encourage everyone with a stake in the future of our primary industries and natural resources to think deeply and creatively about how Local Land Services can deliver these services for generations to come. All materials for discussion and workshop venues and dates are posted on the Local Land Services page of Have Your Say: www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au

Yours sincerely,

 Dr John Keniry AM Chairman, Local Land Services Stakeholder Reference Panel

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