Tips for purchasing small rural landholdings

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10-point checklist (cont.)

  1.  Are there signs of land degradation? Repair of serious land problems can be costly.
Information source

Check for:
• chemical contamination
• salinity
• erosion

Personal observation
Soil testing
DAFWA

 

  1. What pests and weeds are there and what level of threat and/or control is required?
Information source

Control of declared weeds in particular will be a legal requirement.

DAFWA
Vendor
LGA

Do you know what weeds are present?

DAFWA
Vendor

ls the threat close-by, even if not apparent, on the property under consideration?

Neighbours

DAFWA
MRWA
Brookfield Rail

 

  1. Assess the property’s natural resource.
Information source

Presence of remnant vegetation, wildlife habitat and healthy natural resources can be a significant environmental asset.

Personal observation
DAFWA
DPaW
(Land for Wildlife)

What do you want to do with this asset? Remember, any works to be carried out with regards to native vegetation require a permit (unless an exemption applies) and this process may be time-consuming if you wish to clear land to grow pasture for stock feed

DER
DAFWA
LGA

 

  1. Investigate land use on neighbouring properties and the likely impact on your land/lifestyle.
Information source

Land use/lifestyle aspirations can be greatly affected by what happens on close neighbouring properties.

Personal observation
Neighbours

Will your intended land use have adverse impacts on neighbouring farms and lead to possible conflict?

Neighbours
LGA

What opportunities and expectations are there in the surrounding community?

Neighbours
LGA

Would you consider joining rural groups such as the local fire brigade, landcare or other community groups?

Community newspaper

 

  1. Assess risks associated with extremes of climate or impacts of nature.
Information source

Flood-prone land, areas of high fire risk or high drought incidence can have severe impacts on land use and lifestyle choices.

DoW
LGA
DAFWA
Neighbours
DFES

 

  1. Do you have the skills to undertake what you want to do?
Information source

Are contractors available?

Local business directory
Consultants
Stock agents

Who else may be able to help you?

Stock agents
Neighbours

Where can you go to learn or increase your skills?

DAFWA
TAFE
Muresk