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New structure responds to needs of the region

Chair of the Western Local Board, Tom Hynes today announced a new structure for Local Land Services Western Region, which will see staff operating from three community service delivery areas to better support the needs of the diverse region.

Mr Hynes said the region would be broken into three areas, to service the communities of:

  1. Broken Hill, Tibooburra and Wilcannia
  2. Cobar, Bourke, Brewarrina and Wanaaring
  3. Balranald, Wentworth, Hillston and Ivanhoe.

Administration support will be coordinated from Broken Hill and there will be an increase in customer and community-facing roles through the new alignment of positions.

Mr Hynes said the new structure was adaptable and flexible and was designed to respond to future changes in funding and community needs.

"The new structure has been designed to better deliver targeted, quality services that are valued by the community and to provide the leadership and strategic focus we need to meet the needs of our customers," Mr Hynes said.

"This is a one-stop-shop model that will create a customer-focused organisation, with an emphasis on integrated services and continual improvement.

"Creating three regional Community Service Delivery teams takes us away from the functional silos we have now and puts the local back into Local Land Services."

Mr Hynes said key features of the new structure would include a new agribusiness officer role; an Aboriginal liaison role; and a Landcare partnerships role, in each of the regions, to work with landholders and the broader community.

Biosecurity roles will be located in all 11 offices, including a new biosecurity role at Ivanhoe to address a significant gap in current services.

The regional Community Service Delivery teams will have community headquarters in Broken Hill, Cobar and Balranald.

All other location within the region will continue to be serviced, however, the Buronga office will close by the end of December 2015, with activities merging into the Wentworth office.

A strategy and customer team will provide region-wide strategic direction and advice to the Community Teams in the areas of: biosecurity and emergency management; natural resource management and agriculture; climate change; and monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programs.

A centralised administration support and business and finance team at Broken Hill will consolidated service support across the entire region.

The new structure will be fully operational by July 2015. Consultation with staff and the Union has begun.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690  Tom Hynes    0438 887 275