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Board meeting - 23 June 2016

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

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

HLLS support staff were also present.

Biosecurity and Weed Management

Daryl Dutton reported that he had attended a ministerial roundtable to discuss the future direction and current status of the weed reforms.

Upper Hunter Agribusiness Leaders Forum

Tony Hegarty and  James Clark reported on the Forum they had attended with Hunter Local Land Services staff, representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Primary Industries to  develop strategic priorities in the Upper Hunter  with land holders and business leaders.

District Priorities

The Board provided feedback on the draft district service delivery priority statements addressing specific customer needs and investor preferences relevant to each district. The district service delivery priority statements will be published on the Hunter LLS website for broader industry and community comment. The Board requested further work be undertaken to assure optimum return on investment from services delivered.

Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme

The Board were briefed by staff from the Office of Environment and Heritage on improvements to governance and communications for the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme.

2016/17 Budget

The Board were updated on the 2016/17 financial budget to allow delivery on LLS obligations under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and actions in the Strategic Plan.

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.