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Board meeting - 13 August 2015

The 11th meeting of the Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) Board was held in Tocal.

Susan Hooke chaired the meeting. Board members in attendance were Ron Campbell, Ted Laurie, Tony Hegarty, Daryl Dutton, James Clark and Peter Bishop Jnr.

HLLS support staff were also present.

Community Advisory Group

The Board provided feedback on the Lower Hunter Community Advisory Group meeting and informal community session held the previous day. The Board provided suggestions for potential improvements to Advisory Group meetings.

Aboriginal Community Advisory Group

The Board provided feedback on the Aboriginal Community Advisory Group meeting held in July, including options for on-going improvement to generate additional value for those attending and for the Hunter Local Land Services.

Hunter LLS Organisational Review

The Board discussed a process to undertake financial and business analysis and utilise a range of strategies to improve the long-term financial sustainability of the Hunter Local Land Services.

Preliminary Analysis: 5 year budgets

The Board received advice on the progress towards developing 5 year budgets to ensure financial sustainability for the region and assign financial resources to meet legislative and contractual obligations.

Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Business Plan

The Board were presented with an update on the content and reporting requirements of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)/Local Land Services Animal Biosecurity and Welfare 2015/16 Business Plan. The Board agreed on provision of supplementary local reporting to augment quarterly reporting from DPI on implementation of the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Business Plan.

Lower Hunter

The Lower Hunter team provided a presentation of current and future activities for Hunter LLS in the Lower Hunter area, particularly focussed on the delivery of integrated services to rural industries and communities.

Opportunity Funding

The Board was provided with an update on the development of the Hunter Local Land Services Business Plan and the on-going analysis to improve this area of business performance.

Service NSW trial

The Board reviewed a report on the proposed trial to provide some customer services to Local Land Service clients Service NSW.

Regional Weeds Committee

The Board were updated on progress towards establishing a Regional Weeds Committee in accordance with the NSW government weed reforms.

Reports

  • The Board reviewed and approved the reports from the General Manager which included implementation progress and planned activities/issues across business areas of animal biosecurity and welfare, invasive species, natural resource management, agricultural extension and emergency management.
  • The Board reviewed and approved the Business and Finance report which included budget, financial statements, business systems, human resources and fleet information. The Board noted significant progress in the quality of analysis and presentation in the finance report.
  • The Board reviewed and approved the Work Health and Safety report, and noted significant improvement in meeting WHS reporting standards.