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WANTED: Aboriginal representation on Local Land Services Boards

Aboriginal people with an interest in land management are being encouraged to apply for local board member or chair positions with Local Land Services.

The term for Ministerially-appointed local board members and chairs ends in September 2016 and recruitment has now begun to replace a total of 45 positions across 11 Local Land Services regions.

Executive Chair of Local Land Services, Tim de Mestre, said Ministerially-appointed local board members were not required to be landholders or Local Land Services ratepayers and it was an opportunity for interested people to play a role in the management of Country.

“Local Land Services is an organisation established to make a difference to land management in NSW with an aim to improve primary production within healthy landscapes,” he said.

“We want to build our connection to Country and increase the representation of Aboriginal people on our local boards.”

Each local region has Aboriginal Liaison Officer who can help with local board member applications and can be contacted by phoning 1300 795 299.

Mr de Mestre encouraged Aboriginal representation, highlighting the importance and value of traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources.

“This is an opportunity for Aboriginal people to help shape the decisions that affect the long-term sustainability of the environment and to ensure that Aboriginal culture and values underline natural resource management decisions,” he said.

“We are looking for people who can work as part of a team and bring different perspectives to local boards and we want to ensure Local Land Services is equipped with the right mix of people to provide strategic direction, improve service delivery and work closely with our regional communities.”

Applications for local board member positions close on Monday 20 June 2016.

A detailed role description, how to apply and requirements for these positions can be found in the Board Recruitment Package, downloadable at www.lls.nsw.gov.au or by contacting Watermark Search International on (02) 9233 1200.

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Media contact: Donna Ambler, 0400 258 690