Landholders across New South Wales are reminded to lodge their Local Land Services Annual Land and Stock Returns before the end of August 2020.
The returns are a statutory requirement and were posted to thousands of landholders in June 2020.
By filling in the Annual Land and Stock Return, landholders help to build a picture of agricultural land use and livestock numbers across NSW. This combined effort assists in monitoring flocks and herds for emergency animal diseases.
Information about livestock, including pigs, horses and poultry helps Local Land Services to assist customers with support such as emergency fodder, yards or shelter when emergencies or disasters strike.
Annual Land and Stock Returns can be submitted online and should be the number of stock or birds on the property as at 30 June 2020, much like a census captures a moment in time.
Customers are encouraged to lodge online to reduce mail handling during COVID-19. Where there are barriers to online lodgement, customers can still mail to PO Box listed on the return form or phone for further assistance on 1300 795 299.
With the fire season starting in August 2020 in several parts of the state, it is important to be prepared not only for emergencies such as fires, but also floods, disease outbreaks and other biosecurity events.
Providing accurate information about stock numbers is essential, even if it means lodging a ‘nil-return’ after difficult decisions around destocking during the drought or after fires, not running a livestock enterprise, or any other change such as agistment numbers.
Landholders are reminded Annual Land and Stock Return numbers do not affect rates as these are calculated on the Notional Carrying Capacity of each property.
Lodging a return through the dedicated online portal is quick and easy – follow the instructions on the return and the prompts online at lls.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 795 299 for further support and options to lodge.
Source: Local Land Services