Murray Local Land Services is governed by a board of local people.
Board members work closely with landholders and local communities to identify and deliver services that are relevant to local needs.
Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation.
The Chair and three board members are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries – the remaining three board members are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers.
Together they focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors while also communicating the priorities and concerns of customers to local boards.
Section 29 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 sets out the functions of local boards. They are legally binding and should be interpreted as the definitive reference regarding the role of local boards.
David Wolfenden, Rand
David is a farmer from Rand and a former committee member of Riverine Plains cropping group.
He is the former Chair of the Wool Council of Australia and former southern panel member of the Grains Research Development Corporation.
Appointed Board members
Jennifer Hehir, Finley
Jennie with her husband Ray has been farming in the Finley region for many years.
She is a central executive member of the Ricegrowers Association of Australia and prior to commencing advocacy with Southern Riverina Irrigators in 2007, was involved in farming systems office training. From 2009 to late 2013, Jennie joined Murrumbidgee Private Irrigators Inc, YACTAC, Hay Water Users Association, Murrumbidgee Groundwater Users and the Maize Association of Australia as Executive Officer.
Jennie brings skills in business, public relations and mediation to the Board with a special interest in water issues in the region.
Terry Gorman, Balranald
Terry and his wife Adrienne have a mixed farming business on the Hay Plains east of Balranald. They run a Merino sheep enterprise for wool and meat and grow cereals.
Terry has been involved in various community organisations over many years including past chairman of the Balranald branch of NSW Farmers, member of the Wentworth/Balranald Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW; Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) and the Pastures Protection Board (PP Board).He now manages a private joint water authority and is a member of the Yanga Community Consultative Committee.
Dr Michelle Humphries is a veterinarian and a pioneer in the specialist commercial field of sheep artificial breeding. She established Livestock Breeding Services Pty Ltd, an advanced reproduction technology company, in 1985. The company runs sheep semen collection centres at Jerilderie and Yass, NSW, that are involved in the freezing, storage, and export of ram semen.
Michelle also services Merino clients in on-farm Laparoscopic Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfer (ET) programs in an area that covers New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
In addition, Michelle runs a Merino breeding enterprise at Jerilderie. She has a keen interest in practical Merino genetics and management.
Michelle has experience and skills in livestock production and biosecurity, animal health and welfare, and interests in natural resource management and cultural heritage.
Elected Board members
Colin Bull, Conargo
Colin is involved in a diverse family-owned farming operation in the Deniliquin/ Conargo district.
This family enterprise comprises a 3,500-ewe self-replacing merino flock, using both surface and groundwater production includes rice, seed canola, wheat, barley, oats and more recently cotton.
Colin has been involved for a number of years with crop and chemical development trials with Rice Research Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries.
For the past 15 years, fencing off remnant vegetation has been an integral component of an annual revegetation program. Currently, 200 ha is fenced to protect remnant vegetation and encourage biodiversity. Large amounts of direct seeding of local native species have also been included in the program.
Threatened species are another area that Colin has been strongly involved with since the listing of the plains wanderer as a threatened species. As chairman of the North Conargo Land Management Group, he has worked closely with Department of Environment and Heritage and National Parks and Wildlife Services to achieve a balanced recovery program for this species.
With involvement with the Billabong Yanco Steering Committee, Murray Local Community Advisory Group and personal involvement in his local community groups, Colin has knowledge and experience which will assist the Murray Local Land Services with decision making for the benefit of ratepayers.
Ken Crossley, Deniliquin
Ken and his family operate an 8,000 ha farming enterprise in the Deniliquin district, growing winter cereals and summer cropping using irrigation, both flood and centre pivot, along with sheep and cattle grazing.
He brings to the Board a wide local knowledge of agricultural practices and issues farmers face whether its dryland grazing, irrigation, cropping, rice, cereals, horticulture or dairy. Ken is well known through his community service to the North Conargo Landholders Group, Deniliquin Racing Club and was a member of the LHPA Riverina Biodiversity Group.
Ken's farming practices demonstrate how productivity and conservative grazing can bring benefits to the economic and environmental health of his land. He is involved in on-farm watering of wetlands, has a 10 ha native seed production area in partnership with CSIRO, and has regenerated over 30 ha of native bush. Ken is motivated by a commitment to give local farmers a voice and contribute his practical knowledge and local connections to the Board of Murray Local Land Services.
Norm McAllister, Deniliquin
Norm brings extensive local government and corporate government experience to the Board of Murray Local land Services.
A long-serving councillor and mayor of the former Conargo Shire Council, he has also served for 14 years as a Director with SunRice, and for six years as Deputy Chair of the Rural Industries research Development Corporation.
He has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and holds a Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture).
Norm understands the cultural, heritage, flora, fauna and water issues that affect the Murray catchment, and is passionate about industry and community issues. His sound strategic management skills and strong leadership qualities are valuable additions to the Board of Murray Local Land Services.