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South East Local Board meets at Yass

The South East Local Board met at Yass last week to discuss the organisation's service delivery areas of productive agriculture, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management.

Board members Stuart Burge, Ian Denney, Ken Garner, Barry Gay, Mac Wilson and Chris Shannon, Chair David Mitchell, General Manager Gavin Whiteley and South East Local Land Services senior staff met at the Yass Local Land Services office.

Now one year into Local Land Services, the South East Local Board is focussed on achieving improved customer service standards, effective governance and decision making based on a strong understanding of local land management issues, and on merging state Local Land Services strategy with the existing south east strategy.

Chair David Mitchell said the Board is also finalising the structure for the establishment of Community Advisory Groups.

"These groups will have a valuable role in providing advice to the Board on how South East Local Land Services can work with land managers to deliver locally relevant services," Mr Mitchell said.

"Local Land Services will have three major partners in its delivery of services – local government, Landcare and primary industries."

The Yass meeting provided an ideal opportunity for the South East Local Board to catch up with local partners: Yass Valley Council, Bookham Agricultural Bureau, Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group and Yass Landcare Group.

"The South East Local Board and representatives from these organisations discussed what is working well and what can be done to build on the existing partnerships.

"Each provided their thoughts and experiences about South East Local Land Service's role in local land management issues, current and future funding for projects and support," Mr Mitchell said.

Landcare group representatives commended the efforts of Local Land Services staff, in particular Chris Harris, South East Senior Biosecurity Officer (Yass) and Melissa Henry, Land Services Officer (Boorowa) were acknowledged for their contributions to local Landcare and feral and pest animal management projects such as Feral Fox Fighters.