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2018 rates coming soon

A scheduled rise in Local Land Services rates has contributed to the recruitment of two new field staff in the Murray region.

District Veterinarian Eve Hall, based in Albury, and Biosecurity Officer Claire Hockley, based in Holbrook, began work with Murray Local Land Services in late 2017.

General Manager, Gary Rodda, said their employment was a direct response to community feedback and an outcome of the scheduled increase in rates.

“Customers told us they wanted to see more staff on the ground, and over the past few months we have been able to provide that thanks to the scheduled additional revenue,” he said.

Landholders across the Murray will soon receive their Local Land Services rates notices in the mail and will notice a rise of $35 per year in the general base rate, accompanied by a 3 per cent increase in the variable rates. The base rate increase will standardise that component across NSW.

Rates are a vital source of income for Local Land Services, supporting the organisation’s biosecurity, emergency response and animal health work across NSW.

The increase will ensure we can meet demand and community expectations for these key services.

Work supported by rates includes:

  • supporting landholders to control pests and meet their legal obligations
  • our vets’ animal health programs
  • our biosecurity and surveillance programs, which limit and prevent pest and disease incursions
  • supporting agriculture and animals during emergencies
  • supporting stock identification and traceability systems

Mr Rodda said rates were an essential part of a secure and productive landscape.

“The work of our biosecurity officers and district vets is essential for our region’s agricultural industry and wider landscape health,” he said.

“By paying rates, all landholders have access to technical experts, training and programs to help them manage their land and meet legal obligations.

“Our work in supporting traceability systems such as the national livestock identification system means markets remain confident in our ‘clean and green’ reputation.”

Mr Rodda said Local Land Services’ biosecurity and surveillance programs limit and prevent the incursions of pests and diseases.

“The rate increase means we can continue to protect NSW from biosecurity threats, help communities during emergencies and keep markets open for NSW produce,” he said.

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Media contact: Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, 0427 459 755.