10 December 2019

South East Local Land Services looking to fill two board positions

| Elka Wood
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Local Land Services is looking to fill two positions

Local Land Services is looking to fill two positions on its South East board. Photo: Supplied.

Would you like to make a real impact in times of need?

Local Land Services is calling on the community to step forward and help make a difference by applying to join the South East board, with two appointed positions currently open.

“It’s all hands on deck in areas where fire is burning,” shares Local Land Services State chair Richard Bull, “whether that’s manning phone lines or distributing fodder and water to farmers who have been burnt out, there’s a lot we can do to assist.”

Acting chair of the South East Local Land Services board Allison Harker says that the organisation needs to be able to draw on the experience and expertise of qualified people who understand the local community and industry, especially in times like these when drought and bushfire have left many struggling.

“We are experiencing challenge and hardship across the region and now, more than ever, we need our board members to work closely with land managers and communities to identify and deliver services relevant to local needs.

“Within South East Local Land Services we are recruiting for the chair and one board member.”

Ms Harker and South East Local Land Services hope to attract candidates with a commitment to high ethical standards and teamwork who bring unique experiences and knowledge to the local boards.

In terms of time commitment, the prospective board members would be signing up for monthly board meetings and occasionally attending other meetings and local events.

“It’s not too demanding but it is a responsible role,” according to Mr Bull.

Within the organisation, there’s a focus on increasing the number of younger people, Aboriginal people and women on boards across the state.

“We recognise the potential for genuine collaboration with Aboriginal people to share culture, heritage and traditional land management in a modern context.

“Having a mix of people on our boards introduces new experiences and skill sets and new voices. These are the people who can provide strategic direction, improve service delivery and work closely with our regional communities,” Mrs Harker says.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of corporate governance, a commitment to high ethical standards and teamwork, and well-developed communication, negotiation and advocacy skills.

Local Land Services is interested in people who have expertise, knowledge and skills in all community service and land management areas, including:

  • Working with Aboriginal groups and communities, and/or local government
  • Regional service delivery
  • Reporting and risk management
  • Primary industries or providing services to support this sector
  • Contemporary biosecurity programs in animal and plant health
  • Pest and weed management
  • Emergency management
  • Natural resource management, and
  • Biodiversity conservation.

“There are a lot of facets to helping farmers and taking care of the land,” Mr Bull says. “We encourage everyone who has an interest and any relevant experience to apply.”

The Board Recruitment Package is available on the Local Land Services website. For a hard copy of the package or for more information, contact your nearest Local Land Services office.

Applications close 5:00 pm, Friday, 13 December 2019.

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