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Board meeting – 16 April 2015

The ninth meeting of the Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) Board was held in Singleton.

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

HLLS support staff were also present.

Board Performance Review

The Board received and provided comment to the Chair on the Board Performance Review.

Community Advisory Group

The Board provided feedback on the Upper Hunter Community Advisory Group meeting and informal community session held the previous day, and acknowledged the high calibre of preparation and implementation by the Upper Hunter District Team.

Weeds Review

The Board were presented with an update on state wide weed reforms along with the process for establishment of the regional weeds committee.

Agricultural Extension Strategy

The Board received an update on the progress of the draft Agricultural Extension Strategy at both the Hunter and state level. The Board provided feedback and affirmed the current scope for Hunter LLS and direction of the draft strategy.

Regional Strategy Review

The Board received an update on Strategic Planning activities and the process for finalising the draft Hunter LLS Strategic Plan. The Board reviewed comments provided by the Upper Hunter Community Advisory Group and the Board review group. The Board noted uncertainty regarding dates for release of the draft for public consultation and the opportunity for further refinement as public consultation occurs.

Hunter Regional Growth Plan

The Board was provided a briefing on development of a Regional Growth Plan for the Hunter. The Board reinforced the importance of developing policies and plans which support a triple bottom line approach to decision making and resource use.

Communications Team

The Communications team provided a comprehensive presentation of current and future activities for Hunter LLS.

Reports

  • The Board reviewed and approved the reports from the General Manager which included implementation progress and planned activities/issues across business areas of biosecurity, 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.