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Recovering from the Sir Ivan Bushfire

Producers and landholders are still recovering from the Sir Ivan Bushfire that blazed through the west of our region in February, burning over 55,000 hectares across three Local Land Services regions, and causing an estimated loss of agricultural productivity of almost $97 million.

In the days and weeks following the fires, Hunter Local Land Services staff relied heavily on our database of ratepayer contact details and stock numbers to begin assisting those who were affected.

“Our ratepayer database was critical in those early days after the fires, to determine stock numbers in fire affected areas, and to prioritise field response including stock assessment by our District Vets and Biosecurity Officers,” said Emergency Response Coordinator Jamie Maddocks.

Annual Land and Stock Returns provide invaluable information in the event of a natural disaster or emergency disease outbreak affecting livestock, such as avian influenza or Hendra virus, which could threaten our local and national economy.

Annual Land and Stock Returns will be sent out to landholders and land managers in late June and will need to be submitted by 31 August. If your contact details have changed recently, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office or send an email to

To find out more about how Hunter Local Land Services staff assisted landholders following the Sir Ivan Bushfire, watch this interview with Upper Hunter District Vet Jane Bennett.