DELEGATE wool and lamb producer, David Mitchell has been named as the inaugural Chair of South East Local Land Services (LLS).
Mr Mitchell is one of 11 regional appointments to chair the new service delivery organisation prior to LLS becoming operational in January next year.
Member for Monaro, John Barilaro has been among those to welcome the announcement, stating that David will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role.
“Mr Mitchell is an excellent choice to chair the South East LLS and I am confident that he will serve the region, its people and industries well,” said Mr Barilaro.
“He is an experienced leader with close connections in the local community through many years of involvement across a number of organisations.
“In Mr Mitchell, our community has as an informed leader who understands agriculture, natural resource management and the issues facing rural and regional NSW.
“His experience means he is well aware of the challenges of balancing agricultural productivity with natural resource management and care for the environment.
“I am confident that Mr Mitchell will drive the South East LLS in the right direction and be a strong advocate for the region on the State-wide LLS Board of Chairs.”
Mr Barilaro said Mr Mitchell has held various leadership positions across natural resources and agricultural organisations in the South East region, including Landcare and Monaro Farming Systems.
Mr Mitchell himself said he is looking forward to the task ahead.
“I am firm believer in the LLS model and its future potential in delivering local outcomes,” Mr Mitchell said.
“LLS is a modern way of looking at regional service delivery and I believe that locally driven boards, under the umbrella of a state-wide governance structure, will allow for some great outcomes for our region.”
Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Acting General Manager, Brett Miners has also welcomed the recent appointment.
“David has strong community connections and a wealth of experience in agriculture and local leadership,” Mr Miners said.
Mr Miners said David’s great depth of knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by farmers, productive primary industries and natural resource management will guide South East LLS in delivering services that will benefit and support farmers, landowners and communities across the region.
“It is great to see a prominent local farmer and community advocate taking on this challenging role,” he said.
Mr Miners also paid tribute to outgoing Chair Pam Green.
“On behalf of the management and staff of Southern Rivers CMA I would like to thank Mrs Green for her service, leadership and significant contribution to NRM,” he said.
“We have been very fortunate to have been led by Mrs Green from CMA inception in 2004 to LLS transition in 2013.”
South East LLS will commence on 1 January 2014, bringing together the operations of CMAs, Department of Primary Industries agricultural extension services and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities.
For further information on LLS visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices