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Local Board seeks community members for advisory groups

The Western Local Board is seeking enthusiastic and passionate members of the Western Region to nominate for membership of Community and Aboriginal Community Advisory Groups.

Western Local Board Chairman, Tom Hynes said the groups would provide valuable advice to the Board in delivering services to the region.

"Local Land Services Western Region is the largest region in NSW, covering about 40 per cent of the state and representing a diverse community," Mr Hynes said.

"From dry land farming and grazing in the west to intensive irrigation in the south, along with industries such as mining and tourism – the Board wants to have input from the varied community it represents."

Mr Hynes said the region also boasted 16 current Aboriginal language groups, which was why two Aboriginal Community Advisory Groups would also be formed – one in the north and one in the south of the region.

"These groups will ensure decisions are made with input from Aboriginal people who can provide knowledge, experience and traditional cultural and heritage values for managing natural resources," he said.

The Western Local Board sees the advisory groups as an opportunity for the community to help shape the decisions that affect the long-term sustainability of the environment and to ensure that Aboriginal culture and values underline natural resource management decisions.

"The groups will provide input into the development of plans, projects and services and be a link between the Western Local Board and the community," Mr Hynes said.

"The role of Local Land Services is to deliver services that add value to local industries, enhance natural resources, protect industries from pests and diseases and help communities respond to emergencies like flood, fire and drought.

"With that in mind, we are particularly keen to gain representation from key industry and community groups and to work with the broader community to ensure that we provide services on a local basis that reflect local priorities.

"I encourage people from all walks of life to take this opportunity to become involved and help us appreciate the wide range of issues affecting people from right across the region."

Visit or contact your nearest Local Land Services Western Region office for an information pack, including the Draft Terms of Reference.

Expressions of Interest close at 9am on Monday 8 December.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690 

                                    Chairman Tom Hynes 0438 887 275