Region's New Board Members Welcomed to Local Land Services

21st May 2020

NORTHERN Tablelands MP and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has today congratulated the six new board members who have been elected to represent the region’s primary producers through the Northern Tablelands and North West Local Lands Services (LLS).

Mr Marshall said the new representatives would play a pivotal role in aiding the region’s agricultural sector to rebuild, after what has been a challenging time for farmers and landholders.

“Following the double whammy of drought and bushfire there is no denying the past couple of years have been some of the most difficult farmers and communities across our region have ever experienced,” Mr Marshall said.

“LLS has proved vital in the response to both these disasters by offering on the ground support and local knowledge to farmers when they needed it most.

“Each board has three elected members and I’m incredibly impressed by the level of experience each of these people brings to their role.

“Guyra grazier Jane Mactier, Walcha Councillor and rural contractor Scott Kermode and sheep industry stalwart Bill O’Halloran from Invergowrie will take up positions on Northern Tablelands LLS for the first time.

“While each of the elected North West LLS board members has had previous experience in the role, including Croppa Creek and Crooble farmer Geoff Cruikshank, Burren Junction grazier Annie McMahon and semi-retired property manager Keith Harris from Tamworth.

“Now more than ever, it is critical we have dedicated local board members working with their communities to help identify and deliver key services for our farmers and rural landholders.”

Mr Marshall said the LLS boards would assist in four focus areas of strategy, community engagement, advocacy and advice.

“LLS Boards are the link between the agency and its offices and the community. Local boards help provide strategic guidance to LLS and help shape the work that LLS officers undertake,” he said.

“With members from all walks of like, these boards reflect the wealth of expertise, skills and experience in rural NSW, which is something we should be proud of.”

Across the State 34 new elected members have joined the 11 Local Land Services (LLS) regional boards, with 45 per cent of all board members women. This reflects a concerted effort to increase diversity on all LLS boards.

To see the full list of the 78 board members, or to find out about the services LLS offers, visit the website www.lls.nsw.gov.au

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