New SELLS board getting to work

A new look South East Local Land Services board is getting to work following an announcement by the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, Adam Marshall.

The board includes three people who were successful in board elections and four members including the new chair, Allison Harker, who have been appointed by the Minister.

"I welcome the South East Local Land Services Board with its mix of new and familiar faces," Richard Bull, Local Land Services state-wide chair said.

"Their combined skills and experience will ensure they can provide strong strategic direction to South East Local Land Services over the coming years," he said.

Once board members have completed an induction process, they will begin their important work of helping connect South East Local Land Services to the landholders and communities it serves.

Local Land Services Chief Executive Officer, David Witherdin, said the agency looked forward to working with all 11 regional boards around the state.

"We will seek their support as we continue adapting our business so we can best assist land managers amidst COVID 19 restrictions," Mr Witherdin said.

New faces on the South East Local Land Services 2020 Board:

  • Nigel P Baines who is the owner of a sheep property at Gunning and is a member of a number of industry and community groups has been elected.
  • Robert Keith Ingram, a Merino breeder at Delegate who works as a rural and regional development specialist has been elected.
  • Familiar faces:
  • Allison Harker who is a partner in a mixed family farming business at Yass and has an international investment banking background has been re-appointed. She has been newly appointed as Chair after acting in the role.
  • Ken Baxter who is a landowner and cattle producer at Robertson with 30 years' experience in government departments has been re-appointed.
  • Fay Steward of Tarranganda who has a background in rural and regional town planning was appointed in 2019 and is continuing her term.
  • Bunja Smith of Surf Beach, who identifies as a Walbanga and Murramerang man from the greater Yuin nation and is a recognised Aboriginal Elder in his south coast community was appointed in 2019 and is continuing his term.
  • George Merriman, who is co-principal and general manager of the Merryville Merino stud near Boorowa has been re-elected.

Further details about the South East Local Land Services Board members can be found at

Mr Bull and Local Land Services also acknowledged the time, commitment and dedication the outgoing members of the board have made to the region and to Local Land Services as a whole.