South East Local Land Services is governed by a board of local people.
Board members work closely with landholders and local communities to identify and deliver services that are relevant to local needs.
Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation.
The Chair and three board members are appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales while the remaining three board members are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers.
Together they focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors while also communicating the priorities and concerns of customers to local boards.
Section 29 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 sets out the functions of local boards. They are legally binding and should be interpreted as the definitive reference regarding the role of local boards.
Fay Steward, Tarranganda (Acting)
Fay’s early career in rural and regional town planning focused primarily on developing strategic land use policy and strategy for various NSW Government land planning and management agencies. Fay has worked successfully with many community based organisations to establish co-operative agreements to manage parks and reserves with intrinsic natural and cultural values. Now retired, Fay is a small-scale beekeeper. Fay was appointed to the South East Local Land Services Board in 2019.
In April, 2021, Fay was appointed the Acting Chair of the South East Board while Allison Harker serves as Acting Chair of the Local Land Services Board.
APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS
Ken Baxter, Robertson
Ken is a landowner and cattle producer in East Kangaloon and has been actively involved with landholders in the area to control fireweed, blackberries and feral animals. Ken has a 30 year background in the Commonwealth, Victorian and NSW governments including a role as senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister's Department in Papua New Guinea. He is currently a part time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission. This is Ken’s second term on the South East Local Land Services Board.
Bunja Smith, Surf Beach
Bunja identifies as a Walbanga and Murramerang man from the greater Yuin nation and is a recognised Aboriginal Elder in his south coast community. He is a proven leader, capable of multitasking and maintains his own employment while influencing the advancement of Aboriginal people. He has held board positions on various health, legal and natural resource management organisations on the south coast. Bunja was appointed to the South East Local Land Services Board in 2019.
ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
George Merriman, Boorowa
George Merriman is co-principal and general manager of the Merryville Merino stud near Boorowa that also operates beef and cropping enterprises. George has qualifications in agriculture and has since sought further training in environmental management, animal health and cropping. He is actively involved in the Boorowa community in a range of industry groups and initiatives. This is George’s second term on the South East Local Land Services Board.
Nigel P Baines, Gunning
Nigel lives near Gunning and is a self-employed owner and manager of the family sheep property. Nigel is trained as an engineer. He also has broad experience in delivering extension services and training across many facets of agriculture including being on the boards of Local Land Services’ predecessor organisations. Nigel is an active member of the community in a range of industry groups and initiatives, including 50 years of active service with his local Rural Fire Service brigade. This is Nigel’s first term on the South East Local Land Services Board.
Robert Keith Ingram, Delegate
Robert resides in Delegate and works as a rural and regional development specialist as well as a Merino sheep breeder. He has almost 40 years’ experience designing, planning, managing, implementing and evaluating rural and regional agricultural and agribusiness development programs. He has done this in Australia, the Pacific and Asia on over 75 major projects in more than 30 countries. He is actively involved in several community groups and committees. This is Robert’s first term on the South East Local Land Services Board.