Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch was in the Goulburn electorate recently to discuss a review of Local Lands Services.
The reorganization of the LLS was a controversial issue back in 2013 and it left many farmers and staff in the service disgruntled.
Now Mr Veitch is promising a review of the service.
In a statement Mr Veitch said a Daley Labor Government would hold an independent review of the scope and resourcing for LLS, if it wins government in March.
He said there was growing frustration with the performance of LLS under the Liberals and Nationals.
“Staff are doing the best they can with limited resources,” Mr Veitch said.
Local Land Services was formed in 2013 as an amalgamation of a number of organisations, including the old Rural Lands Protection Boards, Catchment Management Authorities and some advisory services within Primary Industries.
“Concerns were being raised that front line staff were increasingly unable to meet the wide range of demands placed on their time, whilst a push to centralise services had resulted in cost blowout in the corporate services section,” he said.
“There was a real fear that the ‘local’ was being taken out of Local Land Services and the establishment of the LLS in 2013 was more about cost cutting than delivering quality services and advice to landholders, with cuts to the LLS budget occurring since 2013.”
He said Labor would appoint an independent review team to travel around the state and assess options over the future of the Service and report back to the Minister.
The review would look at, among other matters, whether the organisation was fit for purpose as well the capacity of the service to meet landholder needs, including the provision of extension services
“Labor would commission the review within the first 100 days of coming to power,” he said.