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Local Land Services consultation begins

Local consultation on the NSW Government’s proposed Local Land Services initiative has finally been announced.

January 21, 2013 4:14am

Local consultation on the NSW Government’s proposed Local Land Services initiative has finally been announced.

A public consultation workshop will be held in Deniliquin on February 19.

It is the only meeting planned for the Southern Riverina.

All people potentially affected by the development of the new organisation are encouraged to attend.

The LLS proposes merging the Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Catchment Management Authority and Department of Primary industries into one super organisation.

The LLS proposal is expected to impact on seven of eight Department of Primary Industries positions servicing the Southern Riverina.

It has been confirmed that 50 per cent of permanent jobs will be lost from across the Murray CMA’s Deniliquin, Buronga and Albury offices, which also manage the local area.

Until NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson visited the local area in later November, there had been no consultation with the region’s affected workers since the announcement of the new organisation.

She announced the panel would visit the local area at the time.

Riverina LHPA general manager Geoff Corboy said it was important anyone likely to be impacted by the LSS being implemented attend the meeting.

It will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Tuesday, February 19, from 9am to noon.

‘‘It’s a good opportunity for local ratepayers to put their views across,’’ Mr Corboy said.

‘‘At present, only the proposed boundaries have been released but by the meeting the structure of the boards should be known.

‘‘Anyone who may be affected should attend.

‘‘The best way to ensure you have some input is to go to the meeting or visit the Have Your Say website.’’

Other meetings will also be held at Hay, Wentworh and Broken Hill.

The workshops will be led by John Keniry, as chair of the Stakeholder Reference Panel, and Mick Keogh as an independent facilitator.

A final draft of the proposed Local Land Services boundaries is currently on the Have Your Say website - http://haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices.

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