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Local Land Services seeking 13 local board members

Local Land Services is calling for nominations from community members to join regional boards around the state.

The 13 Minister-appointed roles will be recruited for the Northern Tablelands, North West, South East, Western, Central Tablelands, Hunter and Murray Local Land Services regions.

Local Land Services State Chair, Richard Bull said joining the Local Land Services board is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to land management in NSW.

“We’re here to make a difference, and a big part of that is drawing on the experience and talent of our board members.

“Our boards share our vision to see resilient communities in productive, healthy landscapes.”

Mr Bull said the new staggered approach to board recruitment would mean local boards remain fresh and relevant with a rolling membership, and would reduce the risk of losing valuable skills and knowledge from the agency.

“We work with board members to make sure we’re connected to our customers in local communities, industries and businesses” he added.

Local Land Services is on the ground, delivering agricultural production advice, biosecurity, natural resource management, emergency management, sustainable land management and soil conservation services.

Mr Bull said the Local Land Services hoped to attract candidates with a commitment to high ethical standards and teamwork and who bring unique experiences and knowledge to the Local Boards.

“We want a diverse and dynamic board that represents NSW communities. A mix of people who are able to provide strategic direction, improve service delivery and work closely with our regional communities” he said.

Local Land Services CEO, David Witherdin said the NSW Government is committed to providing greater opportunities for the community to participate in its decision making process, and has particular interest in increasing women’s representation on its boards and committees, as well as people from other under-represented groups.

“As a local board member, you’ll be working with the local staff and board to deliver on key Government priorities. It’s an opportunity to be a voice for your region” he said.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of corporate governance, a commitment to high ethical standards and teamwork, and well developed communication, negotiation, advocacy and influencing skills.

Local Land Services is interested in people who have expertise, knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Leadership, strategic planning and management
  • Community participation
  • Regional service delivery
  • Working with industry, government and other partners
  • Audit, financial control, reporting and risk management
  • Primary industries or providing services to support this sector
  • Contemporary biosecurity programs in animal and plant health, pest and weed management
  • Emergency management especially biosecurity and natural disaster emergencies
  • Natural resource management and biodiversity conservation
  • Working with Aboriginal groups and communities and/or local government.

A recruitment package is available on Local Land Services website and applications close Thursday 4 October 2018.

Media contact: Emelia Rixon - State Media Coordinator - 0417 238 413.