Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is calling on landholders and primary producers across the Upper Hunter electorate to nominate as a candidate in the 2020 Local Land Services (LLS) board member elections.
Mr Johnsen said candidates have until February 28 to nominate.
“Farmers across our State are battling the worst drought on record, and now the devastating bushfires have dealt them a monumental blow, which is why it is more important than ever to have strong voices on our LLS board,” Mr Johnsen said.
“With so many people in our Upper Hunter 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 28 February 2020.
“It is now easier to vote and participate in the upcoming election, as all eligible LLS ratepayers are 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 Johnsen concluded.
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.
- Nominations: Close midday on 28 February 2020
- Voting: Opens 9 April and closes at 5pm on 8 May 2020
- Announcement: Board members will be announced by the end of June 2020