Landholders and primary producers can nominate as a candidate in the 2020 Local Land Services (LLS) board member elections.

“Farmers across the State are battling the worst drought on record, and now the devastating bushfires have dealt them a monumental blow, which is why it’s more important than ever to have strong voices on our LLS board,” Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said.

“With so many people in my electorate who are skilled and passionate about land management, I expect we will attract experienced candidates with a variety of skills.

“I encourage anyone who is eager to contribute at a local level to nominate for a board position before February 28.”

Mr Singh said it was easier to vote and participate in the upcoming election, as all eligible LLS ratepayers were included on the electoral roll automatically.

“This year will also see one vote per ratepayer or company in each region, regardless of the number of holdings they have, meaning each ratepayer will have equal say in who will be their representative on the local board,” Mr Singh said.

Across all 11 Local Land Services regions, ratepayers will elect 34 board members to work with appointed board members and the Chair to ensure the efficient delivery of services to farmers and land managers across the State.

To nominate as a candidate, visit www.austelect.com or www.lls.nsw.gov.au and download a candidate information package and nomination form.

Key dates:
• Nominations close midday on February 28
• Voting opens April 9 and closes at 5pm on May 8
• Board members will be announced by the end of June.