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South East Circular

Edition 22, August 2016

Reminder to lodge your Annual Land and Stock Return

Land managers across the south east region who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code are required to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return by 31 August 2016. 

Returns can be lodged online at

It is important to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return—even if you have no stock.  If the Annual Land and Stock Return isn’t lodged by 31 August, an animal health rate and meat industry levy will automatically be applied to next year’s rates notice.

For more information please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit

Quad bike safety rebates available

Quad bikes are a popular farm vehicle. However, since 2001 there have been more than 220 deaths across Australia involving quad bikes on farms.

The NSW Government is offering rebates of up to $500 towards the purchase of compliant helmets, buying safer vehicles, such as side-by-side vehicles, and training courses to improve quad bike safety and reduce tragedies and injuries.

For information about eligibility and rebates visit SafeWork NSW

Further information: Announcement by Minister Dominello and Minister Blair.

Do you need a Property Identification Code?

A Property Identification Code (PIC) is a unique code which is allocated by Local Land Services to properties with livestock.  Livestock includes one or more cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, deer, bison, buffalo, alpacas. llama,100 or more poultry birds, or 10 or more emus or ostriches.  If you are an owner, manager or occupier of land that carries livestock you are required to have a PIC for the land on which the livestock is kept.  Even if you keep livestock as pets or are planning to trade, show, move and agist livestock you are required to have a PIC.  

The aim of the PIC system is to contain and help trace disease outbreaks back to the source. 

To check your current PIC details contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.

To apply for a new PIC download a PIC application form and return it to or via post to your nearest Local Land Services office.

For further information visit

How can Local Land Services work with you?

The ways in which we work together with our customers is outlined in the Local Land Services strategic plans.  They were developed with considerable community input and we thank those people and organisations who provided a submission during the six week consultation period.  Read the strategic plan for the south east region or watch this three minute film to understand how we will be working with you to improve primary production within healthy landscapes.

2016 Merino bloodline performance -
results now available!

Matthew Lieschke
Senior Land Services Officer, Livestock
Wool growers can now compare the relative performance of commonly used Merino bloodlines from trials and on-farm comparisons that have been run across Australia between 2006 and 2016.  A joint initiative between NSW Department of Primary Industries and Australian Wool Innovation Limited, the ‘Merino Bloodline Performance’ report compares 77 bloodlines for clean fleece weight, fibre diameter, liveweight, wool quality traits.

The 2016 results show that significant variation exists between bloodlines, with a range of 4.05 µm in fibre diameter, 36% in clean fleece and 16% in liveweight, translating into big differences in profitability.

Download: Merino bloodline performance

Local disease watch 

Bill Johnson
District Veterinarian

Soil microbes - the soil fertility engine room

Fiona Leech
Senior Land Services Officer (Mixed Farming Systems)
Producers across the southern tablelands recognise phosphorus (P) is a key driver of pasture growth.  Soil microorganisms play a fundamental role in the cycling of soil P and all other soil nutrients.  These organisms are the 'engine room' in plant/soil systems ensuring that nutrients are being continually made available to plants for grow.  Soil microbes are responsible for breaking down organic matter (decaying plant material) and converting the nutrients held in this material into forms that are available to plants.

Further information: Soil microbes

Regional fox baiting - Gunning district

Ben Serafin
Senior Land Services Officer (NRM)
South East Local Land Services and Gunning District Landcare will be coordinating a spring regional fox baiting program following on from the success of the inaugural autumn Gunning District Landcare regional fox control program, where 171 landholders laid 5,500 baits over four days.
From Narrawa in the north to Sutton in the south, this spring program aims to be bigger and better.  It now incorporates 16 local groups targeting foxes across an area of approximately 2,500 square km.
The program will commence Friday, 26 August and conclude Friday, 2 September. If you are an interested in participating please contact Ben Serafin, South East Local Land Services, Yass office on 02 6118 7700.

NSW 2016 Earth Awards finalists

Sari Glover
Senior Land Services Officer (NRM)
South East Local Land Services’ Rural Landscape Program (RLP) was nominated as a finalist in the recent Civil Contractors Federation NSW 2016 Earth Awards.

The Earth Awards celebrate project innovation and excellence in the civil construction industry.  Major projects are recognised via a series of state and territory finals which culminate in a national awards ceremony.

The RLP was successful in making the NSW finals in Category 1 – projects valued up to $1 million – having been assessed on its performance in construction, environmental, social and project management.

The RLP submission was a joint venture between South East Local Land Services, WaterNSW, Divall's Bulk Haulage and Earthmoving, and landholders Dulcie and Robert Hughes.  It has addressed several areas of active gully erosion, reduced downstream sediment movement and contributed to improved water quality within the Wollondilly and ultimately the Sydney drinking water catchment.

Image:  RLP finalists at the NSW 2016 Earth Awards (from left) David Matthews, Divall's Bulk Haulage and Earthmoving; Yvette Smart, South East Local Land Services;  Mark Mason, DBHE;  Garry Collins, DBHE;  landholders Dulcie and Robert Hughes;  and Shane Laverty, South East Local Land Services.

Enrol to vote in 2017 local board elections

Ratepayers must enrol before being eligible to vote in the Local Land Services Board elections.

Three of the seven South East Local Land Services Board members are elected by ratepayers via a voting system open to all rate payers in the region who have enrolled to vote.

People who have previously enrolled to vote in the Local Land Services elections do not have to enrol again

Further information: Enrol to vote in 2017 local board elections

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