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Property planning for future needs

Local landholders are gaining new perspectives on how to manage their rural properties.

A property planning workshop recently held at Moruya, coordinated by South East Local Land Services, provided participants with some additional skills to assist them to maximise the potential of their properties.

Land Services Officer, Peter Gow said participants worked through a process of setting a vision for how they would like their properties to be in five years' time and how they might effectively achieve that vision.

"Working with an A3 aerial photo of their properties they drew in features like improved fencing, water systems and other infrastructure," Mr Gow said.

"Property Planning is a simple management tool that integrates all aspects of life on the land - the physical resources, the agricultural and environmental enterprises, and the crucial social and personal factors.

"A whole property plan becomes a flexible reference point for decision making into the future, with short and long-term goals. It provides landowners with the tools to refine and manage personal and financial goals in the most cost-effective way.

"It doesn't matter if the property is a few hectares or many hundreds, whole of property planning brings it all together," Mr Gow said.

The workshop was facilitated by well-known rural educator and farmer Alison Elvin, co-director of NaturalCapital Pty Ltd.

Ms Elvin said whole property planning aims to develop agricultural systems that are productive, resilient and adaptive whilst ensuring that native biodiversity is conserved, healthy soils are re-established and clean water runs through our catchments.

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Media contacts:

Peter Gow
Land Services Officer (Landcare)
South East Local Land Services
Telephone: 02 4475 1001
Email: Peter.Gow@lls.nsw.gov.au