Western Australian farmers with sensitive commercial production systems can register their property with the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development’s Sensitive Sites service.
The free mapping service helps to quickly and easily identify the locations of sensitive production systems across WA’s agricultural region.
Sensitive Sites range from certified organic and certified biodynamic to aquaculture, viticulture, horticulture and managed tree nurseries.
The map is updated annually and farmers have until 14 December 2017 to register their property details on the 2017-18 Sensitive Sites online map.
Department Biosecurity and Regulation A/Executive Director Mia Carbon said the Sensitive Sites service was designed to assist both sensitive commercial enterprises and nearby landholders in preparing risk assessment and mitigation plans for their activities to ensure these sites are protected.
“We currently have 288 commercial properties mapped using this voluntary online mapping service,” Dr Carbon said.
The department is contacting producers currently registered as a Sensitive Site to remind them to check their registration and advise of any changes.
Dr Carbon said while the Sensitive Sites service provided an information source for producers, it was vital that they continue to communicate directly with their nearby landholders.
Producers who wish to register for the Sensitive Sites map 2017-18 should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The current Sensitive Sites map can be viewed at agric.wa.gov.au/sensitivesites
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