Local Land Services launches five-year focus

Sustainability, adapting to climate change part of LLS vision

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Sustainability and preserving natural assets on farm are some of the priority areas for NSW Local Land Services in its first-ever five-year framework.

Sustainability and preserving natural assets on farm are some of the priority areas for NSW Local Land Services in its first-ever five-year framework.

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First five-year framework for LLS to keep farms in the game

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The author of the NSW Local Land Services (LLS) five-year framework says the service's emphasis will give greater clarity for landholders and be more suited to industry and innovation.

Andrew Lieschke, LLS agriculture and plant biosecurity business partner, says he's tried to distil where the LLS should be working in the light of major threats from climate change and other pressures.

Mr Lieschke said the framework won't change the role LLS plays in biosecurity and animal health, natural resource management, pest and weed and vegetation management.

It's the body's first five-year framework.

The key focus will be supporting sustainable productivity, enhancing natural assets, and assisting landholders to manage climate variability.

In the report, Mr Lieschke says the LLS will also be working more closely with industry and government "to help drive the adoption of new technologies, techniques, and innovation strategies".

Protecting naturals assets on farms is another focus.

"It is vital for producers to ensure productivity gains are sustainable and do not degrade natural assets. Through direct action and investment, Local Land Services provides extension, advisory and capacity building services to producers."

Helping landholders through "disruptor events" such as droughts and floods will also be a priority.

Response and recovery will be a focus, Mr Lieschke said.

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Local Land Services Agriculture and Plant Biosecurity State Director James Hutchinson-Smith said having the framework in place will ensure that producers receive the best quality advice and service.

"Like all organisations we have defined resources, but by implementing this framework we can continue investing in local programs and training staff so the services we offer continue to address the biggest issues affecting landholders, communities and industry."

Mr Hutchinson-Smith said the framework also outlines the important role Local Land Services plays in assisting producers manage the risks associated with climate variability and significant climatic and market business disruptor events.

"We know climate variability is increasing and with it, so do the frequency and severity of major disruptor events such as drought, fire, and flood," Mr Hutchinson-Smith said.

"These climatic and market disruptor events negatively impact agricultural productivity and increase the risk of significant degradation to on-farm natural assets."

The framework can be viewed at: www.lls.nsw.gov.au/frameworks

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