LIVESTOCK Health and Pest Authority State Management Council chairman Ian Donges is urging farmers, landholders and ratepayers to enrol now for the upcoming Local Land Services board elections.
Mr Donges said the lack of LHPA representation among the ministerially appointed board members last month on the forthcoming 11 Local Land Services boards, meant the election was the perfect opportunity for LHPA ratepayers to nominate board members who have biosecurity experience and knowledge and have their say about the final make-up of each region.
"Every LHPA ratepayer will be receiving information in the mail notifying them about the LLS elections and the process to nominate to stand for a board position or enrol to vote in the election itself," Mr Donges said.
"Nominations of people to stand for election are invited on a document which will be found in the newsletter, as will an invitation for enrolment to vote in the board elections."
Mr Donges stressed that only people on the Local Land Services electoral roll for the region will be eligible to vote.
"People who have been on the electoral rolls of Livestock Health and Pest Authorities will not have their names automatically transferred to the electoral roll of Local Land Services.
"Therefore, it is vital people get their enrolment forms into their local LLS office before 5pm on January 31." he said.
"The regional success of LLS hinges on strong local representation and the community has the opportunity to contribute and shape this new organisation during this election process.
"This is an opportunity to be part of the inaugural LLS board and drive a new era in biosecurity, pest animal and emergency management across NSW at a regional level, that will benefit local landholders and the local community," he said.
As well as being delivered to ratepayers, LLS election information and forms are available at the LLS website http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au.