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Welcoming our new Chair

On 23 March 2017 Lindy Hyam was appointed as the new Chair of Hunter Local Land Services. Since then she's been getting to know our staff and board and discussing the current issues affecting landholders in our region.

"One of my first priorities when I took on this role was to visit all of our Hunter region offices and meet with staff. I've been thoroughly impressed by their passion and professionalism and their commitment to the work we do."

"I've also been working closely with our board on plans to strengthen the focus of our organisation. We're establishing an Agriculture Production and Protection committee and a Healthy Landscapes committee, which will assist us in providing strategic direction for Hunter Local Land Services."

In recent months Lindy has met with the regional Chairs of Local Land Services to discuss the strategic direction for the organisation and has also met with Australian NRM organisation Chairs about the National Landcare Programme.

"I believe our success as an organisation really depends on how well we understand and respond to the real issues landholders and producers are facing. We also have limited resources so we need to be smart in how we prioritise and set our focus to achieve the best possible long term outcomes."

"In the immediate future, we have a critical role in supporting landholders to understand their responsibilities under the new Biosecurity Act and to access the benefits from Sustainable Land Management reforms."

Having grown up on a farm herself, Lindy has a very strong appreciation of rural life and rural communities and she has called the Hunter Valley her home for the past 10 years.

Lindy brings to the Hunter Local Land Services board more than 20 years of leadership experience at board and CEO levels in the public and private sectors across regional and urban Australia and internationally, including roles on Newcastle, Singleton and Warringah councils.

She's currently a member of the Sugar Research Australia board and was previously the CEO of Plant Health Australia, Executive Director of the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation, a board member of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, and was the first Australian to be made a board member of the Crown Research Institute for Horticulture and Food in New Zealand.

Throughout her career Lindy has had experience  has included regional planning and revitalisation, of urban and regional environments, emergency and natural disaster management, water and sewage management, coal mining development issues. She has also worked closely with local Landcare groups and networks on protecting and enhancing healthy landscapes.