Board meeting – 18 June 2015
The tenth meeting of the Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) Board was held in Gloucester.
Susan Hooke chaired the meeting. Board members in attendance were Ron Campbell, Ted Laurie, Tony Hegarty, Daryl Dutton, James Clark and Peter Bishop Jnr.
HLLS support staff were also present.
Community Advisory Group
The Board provided feedback on the Manning Great Lakes Community Advisory Group meeting and informal community session held the previous day. The Board agreed it is important that the format of Community Advisory Groups needs to continue to evolve to generate value for those attending and for the organisation.
Hunter Strategic Plan
The Board was advised that all regions' draft strategic plans have been provided to the Minister for endorsement prior to public exhibition for consultation. The Board received a briefing and provided direction on priorities for consultation over the Strategic Plan.
The Board resolved to provide direction and work with staff to develop a draft Commercial Activities policy.
District Service Delivery Plan
The Board received an update on the development of District Service Delivery plans for 2015/16 summarising the range of projects delivered by Hunter Local Land Services.
The Board was provided with a briefing on the 2015 Aerial Baiting program on both private and public lands in the Hunter region.
The Board was provided with an update on ongoing Hunter LLS Storm/Flood Response and Recovery efforts since the April storms. These efforts included distribution of emergency fodder, disposal of carcasses, handling more than 300 enquiries, visiting properties and attending community meetings. The Board acknowledged the commitment and determination of all staff involved with the response/recovery effort.
Manning Great Lakes
The Manning Great Lakes team provided a presentation of current and future activities for Hunter LLS in the Manning Great Lakes area, particularly focussed on the delivery of integrated services to rural industries and communities.
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.