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Board Summary - 31 August 2017

Board meeting summary – 31 August 2017

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

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

HLLS support staff were also present.

Chair’s Report

The Chair provided an update from the August Board of Chair’s meeting.

LLS currently has a strong focus to further engage with local government, industry bodies and non-government organisations across the agriculture sector in building partnerships for expanded service delivery.

Conflict of Interest

The Board discussed controls in place for managing conflicts of interest in the 2017/18 Grant Program.

The Board will work with the LLS Strategy, Performance and Governance team to develop a state wide Conflict of Interest Protocol.

Business Plan 2017/18

The Board reviewed and approved the 2017/18 Business Plan.

The Board considered further improvements to the Business Plan for 2018/19 including revenue targets and operational targets.


The Board established a working group to refine the draft Accommodation Strategy for the Hunter Region.

Budget 2018/19

The Board reviewed an initial 2018/19 Budget.

The Board considered options for broadening the revenue base of the organisation.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Strategy

The Board were provided with a presentation by ACIL Allen for a proposed structure for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Strategy and Plan.

The Board agreed to review a recommendation on the MERI Strategy following conclusion of MERI workshops with staff in September.

Board Committees

The Board reviewed and discussed priority items for addressing at the Agriculture Production and Protection and Healthy Landscape Committee meetings.


  • 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.