Our Board

Western 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 four board members are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries – the remaining four 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.

Board election 2020

We are currently in the process of determining the composition of our new boards around NSW.

Our current focus on voting for publicly elected board members which opens on Thursday 9 April and closes on Friday 8 May.

An announcement of the final boards is expected to be made in June.

Candidate list

Below is a list of candidates running for the Western Board in this year's election.

Read the Western candidate statements here. PDF, 191.67 KB

Anita O’Connor
Kate McBride
George Millear
Nicole Byrnes
Garry Ross Hannigan
Michael Leonard Davis

Chair (acting)

Magnus Aitken, Conargo

Magnus has a passion for rural, regional and remote Australia and a desire to contribute to the future sustainability and success of regional NSW. He is currently the manager of a large pastoral operation near Conargo and has an established track record as a company director with Jemalong Irrigation. Magnus is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a graduate of the Murray-Darling Basin Leadership Program.

Appointed Board members

Nicole Byrnes, Pooncarie

Nicole is a land manager on her family-run farm enterprise in the Pooncarie region and currently the Executive Officer for the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia. She has been involved with agricultural project management for over a decade. Since completing her PhD in wine grape physiology, Nicole worked in state government roles, before moving into extension management for the not-for-profit sector.

Rebecca Bunyan, Booligal

Rebecca has a background in workforce and organisational development, primarily in government and non-government sectors such as health, education and emergency management. She currently works on a contract basis in similar areas from her husband's family merino property north of Booligal.

Felicity McLeod, Tor Downs

Felicity lives and works on "Tor Downs", one of her families stations between Wentworth and Broken Hill. Passionate about the Far West, Felicity is involved with the NSW Farmers on the Goat Committee, Western Division Council and is an Executive Councillor for the Western Division. With an interest in both red meat and wool, Felicity was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, supported by Australian Wool Innovation, which allowed her to travel globally in 2017.

Elected Board members

Neill Leigo, Wanaaring

Neill is a grazier who operates "Allundy Station" near Wanaaring and has owned and operated properties in the area for over 40 years. He was a Director of the Wanaaring Pastures Protection Board / Rural Lands Protection Board for 19 years, including four years as Chairman and six as the Deputy Chairman, from 1989. He has been a member of the Border Fence Maintenance Board and its predecessor, the Wild Dog Destruction Board, since 1999. He is a founding member of Wanaaring Bestprac Group and Wattle Vale Area Rangecare Group. He has been an elected member of the Western Local Land Services Board since its inception in 2014.

Kate McBride, Wentworth

Kate was born and brought up on "Tolarno Station" - a property that runs purebred merinos, cattle and goats and is located below the Menindee Lakes. She is a fifth generation farmer and has been heavily involved in agriculture from a very young age. Kate is currently studying at the University of Adelaide as well as being a River Fellow through the Lifeblood Alliance in which she is fighting for a healthy Murray-Darling system with individuals from across the basin.

Andrew Mosely, Cobar

Andrew runs the family pastoral property "Etiwanda" south of Cobar. The business is based around low-input red meat production, running a white dorper stud and commercial meat sheep operation, cattle and goats. Andrew was a board member of the Western Catchment Management Authority from 2004 and was vice chair from 2008. Andrew has also held positions on the Invasive Native Scrub Advisory Committee and the Sheep Genetics Australia Committee.

Robert Wason, Brewarrina

Robert is a grazier in the Western Division of NSW and has lived in the Brewarrina district for 45 years. Robert served six years on the Pastures Protection Board in Brewarrina and four years as Chairman of the Darling Livestock Health and Pest Authority.
Robert was an inaugural member of the Western Local Land Services Board in 2014 and is a current member of the Border Fence Maintenance Board.