Strong interest in local lands board positions

ROOKHURST’S Greg Rogers and Booral’s Karen Hutchinson are among 27 candidates to nominate for a position on the new Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) board. 

The candidates are vying for three remaining spots on the Hunter LLS board.

The Gloucester district is already well represented on the board.

Chairwoman Susan Hooke lives on a property at Faulkland and Rawdon Vale beef farmer Ted Laurie was one of three appointments to the board made by Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson. 

Mr Rogers is a former chairman of the MidCoast Livestock Health and Pest Authority, while Ms Hutchinson is a councillor on Great Lakes Shire Council.

Board chair Susan Hooke said she was extremely pleased with the quality of the candidates that had nominated for a place on the board.

“The response from across the region has been extremely encouraging and shows the interest in the Local Land Services organisation,” she said.

“The most important thing for rate-payers to be aware of is that the Livestock Health and Pest Authority electoral roll is not being transferred to Local Land Services.” 

“At this stage enrolments for our region are relatively low, which means a large majority of our local ratepayers will not have the opportunity to vote in the March election.”

LLS has been operational since the beginning of January. 

The Hunter LLS covers the local government areas of Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.

Great Lakes Shire councillor Karen Hutchinson.

Great Lakes Shire councillor Karen Hutchinson.