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Board meeting - 15 June 2017

The twenty second 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.

HLLS support staff were also present.

Chair’s Report

The Board discussed the NRM National Chairs Conference in Melbourne.

The Chair advised elected Board members would be present at future Board meetings following commencement of state and local inductions. Local Board inductions will commence in the first week of July.

The Chair and Brett Miners, General Manager, are initiating visits to local Councils within the Hunter region to promote services provided by LLS to landholders and community groups within their local government area.

Agricultural Production and Protection Committee

The Board reviewed and provided feedback on the draft Agricultural Production and Protection Committee Charter.

GM’s Performance Agreement

The Board considered and provided feedback on the General Manager’s Performance Agreement.

Planning Framework and Industry Strategies

The Board reviewed and discussed the revised Planning Framework which provides details of the Hunter LLS 2017/18 strategic planning milestones.

The Board reviewed the draft Beef, Dairy and Oyster Industry Strategies developed for external consultation.

Sustainable Land Management Team

Nick Savage, Director Regional Services, Sustainable Land Management, briefed the Board on the Sustainable Land Management framework for management of native vegetation under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and the Biodiversity Act 2016 for the benefit of landholders and the environment.

Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement Plan

The Board discussed seeking a proposal to prepare a Stakeholder Engagement Plan to ensure consistent, effective and appropriate approaches to communications and engagement activities across the organisation in line with the Hunter LLS purpose.

Reports

  • 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.