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Our board

North Coast Local Land Services is governed by a board of local people.

Board members work closely with landholders and local communities to identify and deliver services that are relevant to local needs.

Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation.

The Chair and two board members are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries – the remaining three board members are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers.

Together they focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors while also communicating the priorities and concerns of customers to local boards.

Section 29 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 sets out the functions of local boards. They are legally binding and should be interpreted as the definitive reference regarding the role of local boards.

Chair

Bob Smith, Mylestom

Bob is an experienced scientist, manager and adviser in the sustainable management, protection and profitable use of natural resources, with extensive experience in all levels of government. He is also a board member with Greening Australia.

Appointed Board members

Mark Bulley, Port Macquarie

Mark is based in the Hastings Valley and has a background not only in the dairy and beef industries but has also farmed oysters in the Hastings River for 25 years. Mark is a member of the Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council, Chair of the NSW Fish Habitat Partnership and is currently working in the Viticulture Industry. He was also appointed to the inaugural North Coast Local Land Services Board.

Tom Cooper, Bonalbo

Tom is passionate about the North Coast having run a mixed dairy, beef and pork enterprise in partnership with his wife on their Bonalbo property for the past 20 years. He was also part of the inaugural North Coast Local Land Services Board as an elected member. Tom served for 12 years on the Norco Board, six of these as Deputy Chairman. In his role at Norco he chaired the Member Services Committee and Communication Committee and was a member of Audit and Risk Remuneration Committees.

Elected Board members

The following Board members are elected as members of the North Coast Local Land Services region:

Neil Summerville is a previous Director and Chairman of the former Casino Rural Lands Protection Board and previous Chairman of the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA).  He has lived in the region for the past 24 years on a beef and cropping property near Casino and is a long term member of the Sextonville Rural Fire Service.  Neil is currently a Director of the Northern Co-operative Meat Company at Casino.  During his time as Chair of the North Coast LHPA, Neil oversaw many important milestones including the progression of the North Coast region from a Bovine Johnes Disease control area to a protected area, allowing more freedom of trade with other areas of the state and Queensland.  During his time as Chairman, the North Coast LHPA also established the North East Pest Animal Committee that provided agreements between National Parks, State Forests, LHPA's and private land owners on how to manage the issue of wild dogs.  To his position as LLS board member, Neil brings considerable experience in biosecurity and disasters response and recovery strategies.

Tom Amey is a beef producer, running cattle on properties at Dyraaba and Mummulgum in partnership with his wife.  Tom is also the business manager and co-owner of a medical practice in Casino. Tom has an honours degree in Rural Science from University of New England and does consulting work such as land capability assessments for development applications.  He has previously worked as a district representative with a fertilizer company dealing with all crops and land uses on the North Coast, and as a development agronomist with Incitec.  Tom was a Director on the board of the Northern Co- operative Meat Company at Casino for 14 years, holding the position of Deputy Chairman on two occasions.  Tom is passionate about his industry, working collaboratively to organise producer groups and running meetings and farm walks.  Presently Tom is a NSW producer advocate for Meat and Livestock Australia's productivity package 'More Beef from Pastures', covering the region east of the tablelands and north of Sydney to the Queensland border.

Trevor Wilson is a beef farmer and low-chill stone fruit grower in partnership with his wife on a property 30 kilometres west of Casino.  Trevor's family have farmed in the local area for over 90 years.  Trevor has a Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a Graduate Diploma in Extension.  He worked for 10 years as a Soil Conservationist with the NSW Soil Conservation Service, 12 years as a Land Management Officer in the Sugar Industry, and the last 20 years as a full time farmer where he has actively participated in extension activities.  His training, employment and passion have been in sharing sustainable agricultural knowledge, and he will bring that expertise to the LLS Board.  In 2011, Trevor and Kay were awarded 'Carbon Cocky of the Year' for the Northern Rivers region. For the past 10 years Trevor and his wife have been actively involved in sustainable grazing management utilizing native and naturalised pastures.