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Message from the Chair

December 2017/January 2018

I hope you’ve had an enjoyable Christmas and a safe start to the New Year.

I am pleased to report that 2017 was a year of both consolidation and expansion for South East Local Land Services. Our new local team structure is now bedded down and I can honestly say that we’ve never been better placed to meet the needs of our customers, stakeholders and investors.

2017 saw excellent succession for the board with three new directors joining four old hands. The board has quickly settled to meet its duties and responsibilities, and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Anthony Marshall joined us in the role of general manager in July. Anthony has set about refining some of our processes to make things simpler for staff and to ultimately allow on the ground staff to spend more time out in the field.

The new biosecurity legislation came into effect in July. It involves a change of approach to managing biosecurity risks, replacing 14 outdated acts with a modern, cohesive structure.  I encourage you to take some time to become familiar with the new General Biosecurity Duty. Please contact your local team if you have any questions.

The new sustainable land management framework (Native Vegetation) under the new Biodiversity Act took effect in August. This, along with the transfer of the Soil Conservation Service and Office of Private Forestry into Local Land Services, will broaden the range of services offered to customers across a range of integrated land management matters.

The Feral Fighters Program continues to go from strength to strength with another 537 land managers joining the program. There are now over 2000 land managers across the region committed to controlling pest animals on their properties. This is a great result for local communities participating.

I attended the NSW Landcare awards in October. It was fantastic to see so many individuals and groups from the South East have their great work recognised. Well done.

Please feel free to drop into one of our offices and introduce yourself. I am very proud of our staff in the South East, they are committed to support you and deliver a quality service that makes a difference in our landscapes, industries and local communities.

Thank you

David Mitchell