LHPA is­sues land, stock sur­vey

Southern Riverina news - - Rural Outlook -

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.

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