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North Coast Local Land Services welcomes new Board Directors

Chair of the North Coast Local Land Services, Mr Kent Lee, welcomes the three new Directors: Tom Amey, Tom Cooper and Neil Summerville to the North Coast Local Land Services Board, following the completion of the recent Local Land Services Board elections.

Mr Lee stated, “I look forward to the new Director’s joining the North Coast Local Land Services Board and assisting in the development of this newly formed entity”.

Mr Lee noted that “The North Coast Local Land Services brings together a much broader skill base than any of the previous legacy organisations”. Additionally, Mr Lee stated that “the North Coast Local Land Services will be judged quite rightly on its service delivery capacity”.

A brief synopsis of the careers of the three newly elected Directors is provided below.

Tom Amey is a beef producer, with properties at Dyraaba and Mummulgum. Tom has an honours degree in Rural Science from University of New England. 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 of the Northern Co- operative Meat Company at Casino for 14 years, holding the position of Deputy Chairman on two occasions. 

Tom Cooper has for the past 17 years run a mixed dairy, beef and pork enterprise at Bonalbo. He is a graduate of the University of Qld where he obtained a Certificate in Animal Husbandry.  Tom has been a board member of Norco Dairy Co-operative for the past 11 years, six of these as Deputy Chairman.  In his role at Norco, he has chaired the Member Services Committee and Communication Committee and been a member of Audit and Risk Remuneration Committees. Tom also brings to the Local Land Service Board experience in local government, having served as a Councillor on Kyogle Shire Council for four years. 

Neil Summerville is the 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 Chairman, the North Coast LHPA 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.  Neil brings considerable biosecurity and emergency response experience to the North Coast Local Land Services Board.