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Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA)

LHPA State Policy Council message to ratepayers

The State Policy Council of the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) is encouraging its ratepayers to attend one of the Local Land Services community consultation workshops being held throughout the State over the coming weeks.

Local Land Services
Community Consultation meeting
Where | East Maitland Bowling Club – Cnr New England Hwy and Banks St
When | Monday 8 April 2013
Time | 1 – 4 pm
W | http://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au

Chair of the State Policy Council (SPC) Mr Lawrie Donoghue said the SPC is concerned that LHPA ratepayers may not be fully aware of proposals around the new Local Land Services organisation, which will see LHPAs, Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) and extension services of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) combine under the new regional service delivery model from 1 January 2014.

“The State Policy Council is the peak body for LHPA ratepayer representation, so we urge all ratepayers to make it their business to get involved and have their opinions heard,” said Mr Donoghue

“Come January 2014, our ratepayers’ equity will become the equity of Local Land Services, so it’s vital that they have their say now as to how that equity will be invested and used to service their needs.

“The CMAs and DPI are fully government funded, whereas the LHPA is ratepayer funded, so our ratepayers have a vested interest in what happens when the new organisation commences operation next year,” he said.

“This really is the last chance for ratepayers to contribute their thoughts to how the new organisation will look and work. Important decisions around boundaries, governance and funding are being made now and will continue to be made over the next few months. These decisions could be affected by community input so people need to make their opinions count”.

Mr Donoghue said the SPC is working hard through its own working group to ensure LHPA ratepayers are represented in decision making processes around Local Land Services, but ratepayers themselves need to seize the opportunity to allow the Reference Panel to hear them first-hand.

“For those ratepayers who don’t use the internet, the community consultation meetings will provide a good opportunity for them to do this, so please get along to one,” said Mr Donoghue.

“While the meetings haven’t been organised by LHPA you can contact your local LHPA office for details on dates and venues of the meetings or check the Have Your Say website,”

The community consultations commence on 28 January and will run through 9 April in 19 locations throughout NSW. They will be led by Local Land Services Reference Panel Chair, Dr John Keniry and independent member Mr Mick Keogh.

For those people who can’t attend the consultations or don’t use the internet, feedback can also be provided by sending a letter to: “Local Land Services feedback”, DPI, PO Box 865, Dubbo NSW 2830.



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