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Joint media release: Partnership to protect and grow the outstanding natural environment of Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe IslandNorth Coast Local Land Services and the Lord Howe Island Board recently signed a new partnership agreement that will support the healthy natural resources and agricultural productivity of Lord Howe Island.

North Coast Local Land Services has a strong network of long-standing partnerships established across the North Coast region and continually works to develop new and strengthen existing partnerships to grow healthy environments.

The Lord Howe Island Board is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Lord Howe Island Act 1953. The Board is responsible to the NSW Minister for the Environment and comprises four Islanders elected by the local community and three members appointed by the Minister. It is charged with the care, control and management of the Island and the affairs and trade of the Island.

Mr Bruce Brown, General Manager North Coast Local Land Services said of the Agreement, “The formal partnership with the Lord Howe Island Board will help us better understand the factors that are driving change across Lord Howe Island and how these drivers interact to provide future opportunities to protect the Islands heritage values and its outstanding natural environment.”

The exceptional natural beauty of Lord Howe Island, characterised by a diversity of distinct landscapes and wide variety of rare flora and fauna, has long been appreciated by the community.

Its unique qualities received worldwide recognition when it was included in the World Heritage list in December 1992.

Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer of the Lord Howe Island Board said, “We have a strong relationship with North Coast Local Land Services who support a range of projects, including our efforts towards weed eradication, planning for the eradication of exotic rodents and eradication of African Big-headed Ants.

Bruce continued “The services that we provide to North Coast communities, including Lord Howe Island, are funded through a variety of sources including the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, the NSW Government’s Catchment Action program.”

Penny concluded, “The Lord Howe Island Board is pleased to work in partnership with North Coast Local Land Services to deliver a real improvement to the Lord Howe Island environment and build future economic development for Lord Howe Island residents”.

“With a specific focus on improved biosecurity measures, protecting and growing our precious biodiversity and development of sustainable agriculture, the partnership with North Coast Local Land Services will help us achieve our goals in these areas.” Penny said.

Media contacts:

Lindy Brown
Team Leader Land Services
Phone: 0437 826 152

Ms Penny Holloway
Chief Executive Officer, Lord Howe Island Board
Phone: 02 6563 2066

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Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO World Heritage property in recognition of the global significance of the island’s beauty and biodiversity