Local Land Services
Local Land Services elections announced
The inaugural Local Land Services Board Member elections have been announced with voting closing at 5 pm on 12 March 2014. Ratepayers will elect 34 board members across the 11 regions. There are three members to be elected to each region, except for the Western region where four members are to be elected. The elections will bring the LLS leadership team one critical step closer to full strength.
Nominations for Board member positions are now open. Occupiers of rateable land are eligible to nominate a candidate. Anyone 18 years of age or older can be nominated for elections provided their normal place of residence is in the region.
Nominations close 5pm 31 January 2014.
How to vote in the LLS elections
Ratepayers across the State are encouraged to enrol to vote. You can do this by lodging an enrolment form to be eligible to vote in the 2014 LLS elections.
- Only one occupier per land holding can enrol to vote.
- In the case of multiple occupiers per holding, only one occupier can be enrolled to vote.
The enrolment forms are available to download here:
Please submit your enrolment form at a Local Land Services office.
Enrolments to vote close 5pm 17 February 2014.
Once enrolled, all persons on the electoral roll will receive their ballot papers in the mail. Only persons on the Local Land Services electoral roll for the region will be eligible to vote. Persons on the electoral rolls of Livestock Health and Pest Authorities will not have their names automatically transferred to the LLS electoral roll.
- Once the ballot papers are filled out, please mail or hand deliver to your local LLS office
- You may fill out and vote on any day from the day you receive your ballot paper
- All instructions and details will be provided on the ballot paper you'll receive.
A copy of the electoral roll for each region is available for inspection at the regional Local Land Services offices.
Voting closes 5pm 12 March 2014.
Election results will be announced on 14 March 2013.
2014 LLS election timeline
Nominations for elected board member positions open - 3 December 2013
Nominations for elected board member positions close - 31 January 2014
Close of ratepayer enrolment to vote - 17 February 2014
Local Land Services voting closes - 12 March
Local Land Services Election results - 14 March
Know your LLS region, local Chair and Board members
Click on the map of LLS regions below to get details about your local Board.
View a larger version of the Local Land Services map.
Macarthur-Stanham is Local Land Services Chair
Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced the appointment of John Macarthur-Stanham as the inaugural Chair of the Local Land Services Board of Chairs on 19 September 2013.
The new LLS Chair has held a number of senior positions and directorships including appointments with Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative, CSR, Sugar Australia, Sydney Catchment Authority and The Trust Company. He also runs a dairy farm and poultry operation near Camden in Sydney’s south-western outskirts.
Eleven local Chairs were appointed for the 11 Local Land Services regions on 3 October 2013. On 21 November, 34 Board members joined the regional Chairs on the 11 LLS boards across the State.
Appointed board members and Chairs will be joined by elected members in early 2014.
Read about the inaugural Chairs, their regions and Board Members:
- Central Tablelands - Ian Armstrong (Cowra)
- Central West - Tom Gavel (Wellington)
- Greater Sydney - Terry Charlton (Sydney)
- Hunter - Susan Hooke (Gloucester)
- Murray - Alex Anthony (Moulamein)
- North Coast - Kent Lee (Sandy Beach)
- North West - Conrad Bolton (Wee Waa)
- Northern Tablelands - Hans Hietbrink (Guyra)
- Riverina - Sam Archer (Gundagai)
- South East - David Mitchell (Delegate)
- Western - Tom Hynes (Broken Hill)
From January 2014 Local Land Services will be operational across New South Wales.
Local Land Services (LLS) brings together a wealth of technical and advisory knowledge from parts of the Department of Primary Industries, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and Catchment Management Authorities into a new grass roots model for regional service delivery.
LLS will be managed by local people on local Boards, working closely with farmers, land managers and communities, to deliver services relevant to their local needs.
Local Land Services will comprise
- 11 regions
- 7-member Local Boards - four Government appointments and three ratepayer elected positions (Western Local Land Services with a 5:4 ratio on account of size)
- 1 Board of Chairs with an independent Chair
Local Land Services Bill passes NSW Parliament
The NSW Parliament passed the Local Land Services Bill 2013 on 27 June, paving the way for 11 regional Local Land Services organisations to be operational in January 2014.
The legislation makes NSW the only State where publicly-funded biosecurity, natural resources management and agricultural advisory services are provided by a single entiry. The bill puts local decision making and priority setting at the centre of the new LLS.
What will the new Local Land Services deliver?
- agricultural advice
- plant and animal pest control and biosecurity
- natural resource management
- emergency management.
Local Land Services will be regionally-based, semi-autonomous organisations, governed by locally-elected and skills-based Board members. One central Local Land Services Board of Chairs will be made up of representatives from each Local Board and will be accountable to the Minister for Primary Industries.
Each Local Land Services region will develop operational management plans that will prioritise service delivery on a regional basis, reflecting regional priorities. Individual Local Land Services will be independently audited to ensure accountability and delivery against priorities.
Local Land Services will be funded via direct budget contributions from the NSW Government, ratepayer funds and a continuation of natural resource grant funding via the State Government and Australian Government.
Consultation was undertaken by an independent Stakeholder Reference Panel headed by Dr John Keniry AM with recommendations made to the Minister for Primary Industries on 26 April this year. The recommendations were made after almost six months of statewide community and stakeholder consultation.
The Minister appointed the Panel to begin statewide community consultation in October 2012.
The Panel conducted 22 workshops across NSW. The workshops were attended by more than 1,500 people, and received more than 2,000 responses in online feedback since regional and industry consultation began in October 2012.
Panel members include representatives from NSW Farmers, Australian Farm Institute, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, Catchment Management Authorities, Department of Primary Industries, NSW Shires Association, Landcare and Greening Australia.
The Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced the formation of Local Land Services on 4 October 2012.
More information on Local Land Services
- 3 December 2013 LLS election dates announced 134.8 KB
- LLS election nomination form 42.9 KB
- LLS election enrolment form for multiple occupiers 157.0 KB
- Election enrolment form for single occupiers of holdings 132.3 KB
- Local Land Services checklist 139.6 KB
- Governance Checklist 133.1 KB
- Local Land Services Boards diagram 252.8 KB
- Governance factsheet 130.7 KB
Frequently asked questions
- Local Land Services and the farmer 162.5 KB
- Factsheet: Why agri-business delivery in NSW must change 148.2 KB
- Busting Local Land Services myths 155.0 KB
- 21 November 2013 - LLS Board members appointed 138.6 KB
- 16 October 2013 - Regional chairs gear up for Local Land Services 118.7 KB
- 29 October 2013 Trangie hosts inaugural LLS Board of Chairs meeting 122.5 KB
- 20 Aug 2013: Local vets and rangers prepare for frontline Local Land Services plant disease response 37.5 KB
- 10 September 2013 - Draft IPART report on Local Land Services issued
- 8 July 2013 - Local Land Services Board roles advertised 34.8 KB
- 28 May 2013 - Clear future for Local Land Services 137.9 KB
- 6 June 2013 - Local Land Services to strengthen emergency management 113.1 KB
- 28 May 2013 - Reform pays dividend for farmers 123.7 KB