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Board meeting - 24 April 2017

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

Lindy Hyam chaired the meeting. Board members in attendance were James Clark, Daryl Dutton and Tony Hegarty. An apology was received from Ron Campbell.

HLLS support staff were also present.

The Chair acknowledged the contribution and effort of Susan Hooke, inaugural Chair of Hunter LLS.

Organisation Transition

The Board discussed the direction and intent of the HLLS purpose statement to further focus service delivery by the organisation. The Board were updated on transition activities and the range of risks and control measures in place to ensure continuity of effective service delivery.

Industry Prioritisation and Outcomes

The Board reviewed and discussed the proposed industry and land manager prioritisation analysis to ensure the future allocation of staff and financial resources in line with the Hunter Local Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 targets.

Board and sub-committee structure and schedule

The Board discussed options to refine the governance arrangements to best support implementation of the Strategic Plan, including formation of Board sub-committees.

Healthy Landscapes: Catchment Action Business Plan 2017/18

The Board reviewed and provided feedback on the draft Catchment Action Business Plan 2017/18.

Healthy Landscapes: Hunter Water Corporation Education Partnership

The Board reviewed and discussed the continuation of HLLS support for the Hunter Water Corporation Education Partnership. The partnership builds the capacity of school students and the community to improve water quality, catchment health and reduce biosecurity risks.

Healthy Landscapes: Hunter Catchment Contribution Projects 2016/17

The Board reviewed and discussed strategic projects identified to be completed in the 2016 financial year.


  • The Board reviewed and approved the Work Health and Safety report.
  • 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.