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Board to meet in Buronga

Chairman, Tom Hynes said this was the first time all the Board members would come together and he was looking forward to the chance to begin setting the direction for the new organisation.

Recently-elected Board members from across the region are:

  • Sally Bright of Woowoolahra Station, north-west of Broken Hill
  • Andrew Mosely of Etiwanda Station, in the Cobar area
  • Neill Leigo of Allundy, Wanaaring
  • Robert Wason from Brewarrina Shire.

They join Tom Hynes, Ben Barlow, Justin McClure, Jim Maynard and Marie Russell.

Mr Hynes said the diversity of experience and backgrounds of the Board members meant they would represent local priorities and bring a range of skills and experience to help set the strategic direction and tailor regional service delivery for Western Local Land Services.

"I welcome the wealth of knowledge and experience the elected Board members bring to the Board table," Mr Hynes said.

"I am also pleased that our Board members are geographically well distributed, giving us the ability to appreciate issues from across the region.

"Every one of these people has represented their community in a wide range of organisations, as well as understanding the self-reliance needed to live in Outback NSW."

The Western region is the largest of the 11 Local Land Services area in NSW, covering 314,500 km2 or 40% of the state.

It is larger than Victoria and Tasmania combined, but is the least densely populated region, with 43,000 people, 18,500 of whom live in Broken Hill.

Mr Hynes said key priorities for the Board over the coming months would be to establish community advisory committees, set the cultural framework, finalise the organisational structure, develop a new strategic plan, roll out drought assistance programs and extend the current 90-day plan into a longer-term strategic plan.

 "We are committed to delivering the highest level of service to farmers, land managers and the community, so it's important we hold meetings throughout the region to gain an understanding of the needs and priorities across the region."