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Last chance to enrol to vote

Sixteen nominations were received for the four positions and landholders have until 5pm, Monday February 17 to enrol to vote.

Nominations have been received from: Neill Leigo, Susan Howard, Christine Ferguson, Andrew Lewis, Wesley Herring, John Elliott, Peter Sullivan, Tim Oldfield, Johanna Neate, Paul Kenneth Evans, Matthew Nicholson, Daniel James Linklater, Robert Wason, Wesley Crozier, Andrew Norman Mosely, Sally Bright.

The successful candidates will join the existing members (Tom Hynes, Ben Barlow, Jim Maynard, Justin McClure and Marie Russell) who were appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson to comprise the nine-member inaugural Western Local Land Services Board.

Western Local Land Services Chair, Tom Hynes has encouraged local landholders to help shape the direction of organisation by enrolling to vote in the first Local Land Services elections.

"I'm very pleased to see the nominees represent a wide spread across the western region," Mr Hynes said.

"Many of the nominees supplied a 500 word profile, which will be sent with the ballot information as well as being available on the Western Local Land Services website.

"I encourage people to learn more about the nominees and to bear in mind that they are able to vote for four candidates.

"The most important point though is to make sure you are enrolled to vote.  Ratepayers who were on the electoral rolls of Livestock Health and Pest Authorities have not been automatically transferred to the Local Land Services electoral roll.

"Speak to your neighbours and encourage them to have their say as well," Mr Hynes said.

Application forms are available at Western Local Land Services offices or from www.western.lls.nsw.gov.au.

Once enrolled, people on the electoral roll will receive a ballot paper and voting instructions in the mail. The ballot will close 5pm Wednesday March 12 2014.

"Again, I encourage people to make their choice and return their ballot papers quickly as they need to be mailed to Broken Hill by last mail March 12.  Many people in our region don't have a daily mail delivery so it's important they make their choice and return their ballot papers swiftly," he said. A change this year is Local Land Services offices will not be receiving ballot papers.