CONSULTATION regarding the introduction of Local Land Services will continue until at least April, with an already overwhelming response via the online Have Your Say site.
The Local Land Services Stakeholder Reference Panel has announced that more than 1,500 submissions have been received through the site.
NSW Natural Re-sources Commissioner and Chair of the Panel, Dr John Keniry AM, said the submissions are from a range of interested stakeholders, including farmers, landholders and community groups.
“I would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to provide feedback on Local Land Services,” Dr Keniry said.
“The more than 1,500 online submissions are supported by the attendance of approximately 700 people at the consultation workshops held to date.
“I can’t stress enough just how important this feedback is as it will help inform recommendations the Panel will make to the Minister in April.
“We are encouraging people to attend one of the face-to-face community consultation workshops that are being held across the State and would also welcome further suggestions and comments through the site,” Dr Keniry said.
“We are particularly looking for input on what we are calling the “key pillars” of the new organisation – being regional boundaries, governance and services,” said Dr Keniry.
Workshop venues and dates are available on the Have Your Say site at haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices
The Stakeholder Reference Panel is an independent body guiding the development of Local Land Services. The Panel will continue to work with community and stakeholder groups this year to identify how the new organisation can best deliver valuable services to the people of rural and regional NSW.
From January next year, Local Land Services will deliver services currently provided by Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and some advisory services of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).