As I travel our great state and meet with farmers and landowners, I hear from an increasing number of people deeply concerned with the role of Local Land Services.
Especially demoralising is the growing demand placed on hardworking frontline staff, who are struggling to cope with workloads in regional NSW while the budget for a centralised head office in Sydney continues to grow.
Many now see the NSW government set up LLS in 2013 as a cost cutting exercise instead of offering better services to landholders. Extension services were severely cut and are continually raised with me as an issue that must be addressed by government.
That’s why, if elected, a Michael Daley-led Labor government will hold a root and branch independent review of LLS.
After five years, it is time to give landholders and the many stakeholders who rely on LLS’s services a say on what’s gone wrong – and how we can fix it for the future to restore services communities across regional NSW.
I’ll continue to meet as many landholders and communities as possible across the state and hearing their ideas to fix this NSW government travesty.
Mick Veitch MLC
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries