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Board meeting - 14 April 2016

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

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

HLLS support staff were also present.

Tim de Mestre – Chair, Board of Chairs

The Chair, Tim de Mestre, congratulated Board members and the General Manager for their continued contribution and efforts in support of Local Land Services.

Tim de Mestre provided an overview of priorities to ensure the positive momentum of Local Land Services.

Informal Industry Leaders Consultation

The Board reviewed the Industry Leaders Consultation held in Merriwa on the previous day. The Board considered the format worked well and future events are planned to guide service delivery to increase the economic, social and environmental productivity and profitability of primary industries in the region.

Organisation Business Plan

The Board provided feedback on the draft Organisation Business Plan whose purpose is to provide good governance processes to achieve organisational goals, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations, direct allocation of resources and delivery of services to meet customer expectations.

State-wide review of Pest Animal Management draft report

The Board discussed and provided feedback on the Pest Animal Management draft Report.

Hunter Local Strategic Plan finalisation

The Board were updated on the Natural Resource Commission’s review of Local Land Services Strategic Plans.

Hunter Catchment Contribution Budget 2016/17

The Board approved a revised Hunter Catchment Contribution budget for 2016/17 which aligns to the revised objectives and programs following input from Upper and Lower Hunter Community Advisory Groups and feedback through Strategic Plan consultation.


  • 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.