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Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said today the NSW Parliament passed the Local Land Services Bill 2013 paving the way for 11 regional Local Land Services organisations to be operational in January 2014.

“This legislation enshrines local decision making and priority setting as the centrepiece of the new organisation,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“It is an important milestone for one of the most historic reforms to regional service delivery in NSW.
“It follows an extensive consultation process and input from industry groups, stakeholders, Local Government and staff, led by the Local Land Services Stakeholder Reference Panel.
“Local Land Services will transform and modernise the way services are provided to farmers and land managers.

“Catchment Management Authorities, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and the advisory service of the Department of Primary Industries previously operated separately.
“Now they will be integrated with a shared focus – the customer.
“NSW will be the only State where publicly-funded biosecurity, natural resources management and agricultural advisory services are provided by a single organisation.”

Key features of Local Land Services will include:
• Establishment of 11 regions;
• Local representation via 7-member Local Boards – four Government appointments
and three ratepayer elected positions (Western Local Land Services with a 5:4 ratio
on account of size); and
• Creation of a Board of Chairs with an independent Chair.
Ms Hodgkinson said applications are now open for key leadership roles in the new Local
Land Services.

“The skills-based selection process will ensure that Local Board Chairs have the skills and
expertise to set the strategic direction for their Local Land Services region and maintain a
high level of transparency and accountability to ratepayers,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
Just a week after the NSW Government passed the NSW Budget the finances of LLS are
now secured through a new $35 million future fund and reinvestment of $5 million per year
for agricultural advisory services.

Over a four year period the projected budget is over $500 million, including $112 million for
Natural Resource Management (NSW Catchment Action), $20 million for agricultural
advisory services and $140 million for publicly funded biosecurity.

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