LHPA issues land, stock survey
The Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority has started its Annual Land and Stock Return process, which helps guide the focus of the organisation in the year ahead.
The compulsory returnes provides valuable information to the LHPA, according to Riverina LHPA general manager Geoff Corboy.
‘‘The information you give us in the return helps build a state-wide biosecurity picture about agricultural usage and livestock numbers, which combined with the stock identification and traceability systems we manage, is invalu- able in the event of an emergency disease outbreak,’’ he said.
‘‘Locally, the information is used by the authority to ensure we strike the right balance with our livestock health programs.’’
More than 147,000 landholders are required to complete the return, which this year will also be available online.
Mr Corboy said the online lodgement option is a faster and more streamlined process.
‘‘It asks the same questions as the paperbased form and only takes a few minutes to complete. Also, lodging online reduces paper waste which is a plus for the environment,’’ Mr Corboy said.
‘‘Changes to your details, such as holding and occupier details, can be made online, and other changes can be requested and fulfilled faster than with the paper-based form.’’
Mr Corboy said all LHPA ratepayers and individuals with a current brand, earmark or property identification code (PIC) are posted a paper-based form which shows their holding reference number and online password needed to login to lodge online.
‘‘All you need is a computer and access to the internet to lodge online,’’ he said.
‘‘If you are experiencing difficulty you can click on the ‘Live Help’ button and receive immediate online assistance from an LHPA officer.
‘‘The live chat feature will be available during business hours. Outside of business hours, you will be prompted for an email address and contacted the following business day.’’
All recipients of a 2012 Annual Land and Stock Return are required to submit a completed return, even if they do not have stock.
Failure to lodge a return, or late lodgement, will mean LHPA ratepayers are automatically charged an animal health rate and meat industry levy in 2013 rates.
The due date for submission is August 31.
To lodge your 2012 return online, go to www.lhpa.org.au/ landandstock.
More information about lodging online, including frequently asked questions, can be found at this address.
You can also contact your local LHPA office in Deniliquin, Hay, Jerilderie or Narrandera for information or assistance.