Transition issues for new SE LLS

A number of concerns were expressed about the transition arrangements to the new South East Local Land Services (SE LLS) at a recent meeting in Cooma.

A small group of people turned up for a meeting at the Cooma Ex-Services Club hosted by NSW Farmers on February 3, with many unable to attend due to the Shannons Flat fire.

A number of people spoke about the excellent wild dog management program but expressed fears about the continuation of the wild dog and fox action plans and funding for the program under the new LLS structure.

The new LLS structure replaces the Catchment Management Authorities and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities.

The Native Vegetation Act and restrictions on farmers to clear land and weeds were also discussed.

Concern was also raised about the very small number of land owners who have registered to vote at the upcoming election of board directors in March.

Discussion focussed on the problems arising from ratepayers who were previously on the Livestock Health and Pest Authority rolls having to re- register on the new SE LLS roll.

Mr Mitchell said at last count only 1,000 out of a possible 22,000 ratepayers have registered with the SE LLS.

Mr Mitchell encouraged people to enrol.

He said LLS election information and forms were mailed to LHPA ratepayers in December.

These forms are also available from LLS offices and at www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

"Thirty-six nominations for the three elected board positions were received for the south east local Board," Mr Mitchell said

"This is a great result and the number of candidates demonstrates the level of interest from community members in wanting to shape the new LLS model."

"Once the full complement of South East Local Board members are in place, the board will be positioned to commence guiding local service delivery and industry partnerships."

SE LLS chair David Mitchell said he felt very positive about the future of the LLS and said it would be very locally and customer focussed.

Mr Mitchell stressed the three pillars of the SE LLS.

"The three pillars are biosecurity and emergency management, productive agriculture and natural resource management," Mr Mitchell said.

Enrolment closes 17 February 2014.

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