Upper Hunter landholders, primary producers urged to nominate for 2020 Local Land Services board

Your chance to make a difference

LANDHOLDERS and primary producers across the electorate are being urged to nominate as a candidate in the 2020 Local Land Services (LLS) board member elections.

Those interested have until February 28 to put forward their name.

Voting then opens on April 9 and closed at 5pm on May 8.

The board members will be announced by the end of June.

"Farmers across our state are battling the worst drought on record," Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said.

"And, now, the devastating bushfires have dealt them a monumental blow, which is why it is more important than ever to have strong voices on our LLS board.

"With so many people in the Upper Hunter, who are skilled and passionate about land management, I expect we will attract experienced candidates with a variety of skills.

"I encourage anyone who is eager to contribute at a local level to nominate for a board position before February 28."

Mr Johnsen said it was now easier to vote and participate in the upcoming election.

"All eligible LLS ratepayers are included on the electoral roll automatically," he explained.

"This year will also see one vote per ratepayer or company in each region, regardless of the number of holdings they have.

"That means each ratepayer will have equal say in who will be their representative on the local board."

Across all 11 Local Land Services regions, ratepayers will elect 34 board members to work with appointed board members and the chair to ensure the efficient delivery of services to farmers and land managers across the state.

To nominate as a candidate, visit www.austelect.com.au or www.lls.nsw.gov.au and download a candidate information package and nomination form.