Western Local Land Services is governed by a board of local people.
Board members work closely with landholders and local communities to identify and deliver services that are relevant to local needs.
Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation.
The Chair and four board members are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries – the remaining four board members are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers.
Together they focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors while also communicating the priorities and concerns of customers to local boards.
Section 29 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 sets out the functions of local boards. They are legally binding and should be interpreted as the definitive reference regarding the role of local boards.
Ben Barlow, Corowa
Ben is an experienced farmer and grazier with executive banking and finance experience who specialises in agribusiness investment. He was a Ministerially-appointed member of the inaugural Western Local Board.
Appointed Board members
Magnus Aitken, Conargo
Magnus has a passion for rural, regional and remote Australia and a desire to contribute to the future sustainability and success of regional NSW. He is currently the manager of a large pastoral operation near Conargo and has an established track record as a company director with Jemalong Irrigation. Magnus is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a graduate of the Murray-Darling Basin Leadership Program.
Nicole Byrnes, Pooncarie
Nicole is a land manager on her family-run farm enterprise in the Pooncarie region and currently the Executive Officer for the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia. She has been involved with agricultural project management for the past decade. Since completing her PhD in wine grape physiology, Nicole worked in state government roles, before moving into extension management for the not-for-profit sector.
Rebecca Bunyan, Booligal
Rebecca has a background in workforce and organisational development, primarily in government and non-government sectors such as health, education and emergency management. She currently works on a contract basis in similar areas from her husband's family merino property north of Booligal.
Felicity McLeod, Tor Downs
Felicity lives and works on "Tor Downs", one of her families stations between Wentworth and Broken Hill. Passionate about the Far West, Felicity is involved with the NSW Farmers on the Goat Committee, Western Division Council and is an Executive Councillor for the Western Division. With an interest in both red meat and wool, Felicity was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, supported by Australian Wool Innovation, which allowed her to travel globally in 2017.
Elected Board members
Neill Leigo, Wanaaring
Neill is a grazier who operates "Allundy Station" near Wanaaring. He has been active in numerous community organisations, including being on the Wanaaring Rural Lands Protection Board / Darling Livestock Health and Pest Authority for 19 years, 14 years on the Wild Dog Destruction Board and 36 years in the Wanaaring Bush Fire Brigade.
He is a founding member of Wanaaring Bestprac Group and Wattle Vale Area Rangecare Group.
Kate McBride, Wentworth
Kate was born and brought up on "Tolarno Station" - a property that runs purebred merinos, cattle and goats and is located below the Menindee Lakes. She is a fifth generation farmer and has been heavily involved in agriculture from a very young age. Kate is currently studying at the University of Adelaide as well as being a River Fellow through the Lifeblood Alliance in which she is fighting for a healthy Murray-Darling system with individuals from across the basin.
Andrew Mosely, Cobar
Andrew runs the family pastoral property "Etiwanda" south of Cobar. The business is based around low-input red meat production, running a white dorper stud and commercial meat sheep operation, cattle and goats. Andrew was a board member of the Western Catchment Management Authority from 2004 and was vice chair from 2008. Andrew has also held positions on the Invasive Native Scrub Advisory Committee and the Sheep Genetics Australia Committee.
Robert Wason, Brewarrina
Robert is a grazier in the Western Division of NSW and has lived in the Brewarrina district for 45 years. Robert served six years on the Pastures Protection Board in Brewarrina and four years as Chairman of the Darling Livestock Health and Pest Authority.
Robert was an inaugural member of the Western Local Board in 2014 and a is a current member of the Wild Dog Destruction Board.