DAFWA’s small landholder publication back by popular demand

An updated version of the Department of Agriculture and Food’s ‘Land is in your Hands’ is now available electronically for property owners looking for information on managing their property more sustainably. 
Originally published in 1999, this third edition was reviewed by the department’s Small Landholder Information Service (SLIS) as a practical guide for owners of small rural landholdings in Western Australia.

SLIS development officer Landy Jones said the 2015 updated booklet aims to promote a better understanding of the importance of caring for the land and being a good neighbour in the rural community.

“A growing number of Western Australians are choosing to purchase small rural properties – many to enjoy a more tranquil lifestyle, others to build a small, but profitable business on the 
land,” Ms Jones said.
“Whether a property is one hectare or 2000ha, the rural landholder has many responsibilities. The way you manage your land can have a major impact on the people, properties and rural  environment beyond your fenceline. "The 2015 updated booklet aims to promote a better understanding of the importance of caring for the land and being a good neighbour in the rural community."
“The Land is in Your Hands is an information resource developed especially for owners of small rural landholdings in Western Australia. It covers critical topics landholders need to consider, from landcare to water supply, vegetation management, weeds, pests, livestock, safety on your property and smart property design.”
The revised booklet includes an updated list of other information sources and contact details for a number of government agencies. It also contains information on the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management legislation and its implications for small landholders, and additional material on farm safety and livestock feeding.

The booklet will be available at the upcoming Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day on Sunday 24 May.

To access an electronic copy of the ‘Land is in your Hands’ contact Landy Jones on +61 (08) 9733 7777 or email the Small Landholder Information Service on  small_landholder@agric.wa.gov.au.
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