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Ag Industry Advisory Group drives stronger grass roots interaction with Local Land Services

After 12 months in operation, the Central Tablelands Agricultural Industry Advisory Group (AIAG) continues to build stronger ties between grass roots landholders and the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board.

The Committee has met regularly since its inaugural gathering in March 2015 and is providing invaluable feedback on the perspectives of a broad range of agricultural sectors, including sheep, beef, cropping, irrigation, apiary, horticulture and viticulture.

At their most recent meeting held in Bathurst last week (1 February 2016) the group discussed the new Strategic Plans currently being formulated for Local Land Services at both the State level and locally across the Central Tablelands.

Also on the agenda were investment priorities for biosecurity over the next 3 years and emerging issues affecting the different agricultural industries represented by the Group’s 16 members.

Ilford cattle farmer, Mitchell Clapham, is the Chair of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Group.

“There are still a lot of farmers who don’t fully understand the concept of the Local Land Services or the full breadth of the responsibilities the organisation has to cover,” said Mr Clapham.

“We’re working with Local Land Services to find ways to build confidence amongst their clients in the farming sector. The AIAG is a very valuable conduit for passing our ideas and opinions on to the Local Land Services Board and also for feeding information from Local Land Services back to farmers.”

“Local Land Services was officially established in 2014, so it’s a relatively new organisation and the way it operates is still evolving.  There’s currently an emphasis on making sure the Local Land Services strategic plans have the flexibility to deal with new issues as they emerge.”

Bathurst farmer, John Seaman, sits on the Local Land Services Board and also took part in last week’s AIAG meeting.

“The Agricultural Industry Advisory Group is a golden opportunity for representatives of different agricultural sectors to tell us about their priorities for Local Land Services,” said John.

Chris McCulloch, Team Leader for Strategic Land Services with Central Tablelands Local Land Services, addressed the AIAG’s February meeting with an update on the formulation of the new strategic plan.

“The AIAG representatives were keen to see that the strategy is meaningful for the agricultural sector and that it can help drive the development of effective Local Land Services projects and services,” said Chris.

“This has been a very useful group not just for those of us working with Central Tablelands Local Land Services, but also in bringing people together from many diverse industry sectors, so they gain a better understanding of the challenges fellow landholders are facing in different industries.”

For more information about local AIAG representatives, landholders are advised to drop in to their nearest Local Land Services office or call Julie Reynolds on 63781706.

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