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Local Land Services rates relief for Upper Hunter farmers

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There's some relief for Upper Hunter farmers as they receive their Local Land Services (LLS) rates.

They're arriving in the mail with a NIL balance after the NSW Government announced last year that as a part of their Drought Relief Package rates notices would be waived.

“It’s important at this time to provide full support to our local farmers who are focusing on surviving in the midst one of the worst droughts on record," said Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen.

“Many farmers in our region pay LLS rate each quarter and we hope this measure eases some of the burden our producers are feeling at the moment."

“LLS provides a vital service to our community and I know many landholders have found their service and help during these past 12 months invaluable."

“As the local Member, I listened to and understood the message from our local farmers regarding their needs, and as a Member of this NSW Government I was able to work with colleagues to help deliver this LLS rates win," said Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen. 

The LLS rates which will be supplemented by the NSW Government cover a lot of work including:

• supporting landholders to control pests and meet their legal obligations
• our vets’ animal health programs
• our biosecurity and surveillance programs which limit and prevent pest and
disease incursions
• supporting agriculture and animals during emergencies
• supporting stock identification and traceability systems
• managing travelling stock reserves.

For more information visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/annual-rates 

Image credit: Michael Johnsen MP