The return should also include pets.

Local Land Services is urging rural landholders to keep an eye out for AnnualLand and Stock Returns which mailed out last week.

Annual returns are a statutory requirement and the data provided ensures LocalLand Services customers get the help they need when emergencies or disastersstrike.

“We’re urging landholders to complete their Annual Land and Stock Returnonline, because that’s the quickest way to ensure we can respond swiftly andaccurately when needed,” said Business Partner, Emergency Management, SteveEastwood.

“Landholders can help us help them in an emergency or biosecurity event,” hesaid.

Annual Land and Stock Returns are a snapshot in time, much like a census andlandholders should fill in the details as they were recorded at 30 June.

Annual returns need to be lodged to Local Land Services no later than 31August.

The information gathered builds a picture of agricultural land use andlivestock numbers across NSW and assists in monitoring flocks and herds foremergency animal diseases.

“We understand circumstances change over a 12 month period, and after a hardfew years, reporting livestock figures can be confronting, especially whenlandholders have destocked due to drought, fire or flood,” Dr Eastwood said.

Executive Director Regional Operations, Rob Kelly, noted that the livestockfigure landholders provide on their return does not affect the amount they payin rates.

Local Land Services rates are calculated on a property’s Notional CarryingCapacity.

Mr Kelly said it is vital Local Land Services has accurate, up-to dateinformation so it can best deliver services.

“It may not be top of every landholder’s to-do list right now, but we need allreturns so we can understand what’s happening on the ground across the state,”he said.

“In an emergency situation like last summer’s fires, our team will besupporting landholders as well as other agencies and suppliers to roll out anenormous amount of practical help, as well as information and advice,” he said

We require all landholdings that carry livestock six months or older to recordnumbers at 30 June and let us know, regardless of whether they:

  • belong to the occupier
  • are agisted on your land
  • are kept as pets
  • are on the property under another arrangement.

Lodging online only takes a few minutes. Visit andfollow the links to the dedicated portal.

The online process can be done in three simple steps and helps reduce face toface contact with Local Land Services and mail service staff, although postallodgement is still available.

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