New chair announced for Murray Local Land Services
02 October 2013
The Minister for Primary Industries has announced the appointment of Mrs. Alex Anthony as Chair of Murray Local Land Services.
Alex Anthony has been the Chair of the Board of Murray CMA for the past five years and this appointment will give continuity to the organisation which she has led through restructuring to form Murray Local Land Services in January next year.
A member of a local farming family at Moulamein, Mrs. Anthony has been prominent in the wider irrigation industry and farming community for many years, having been a Board member of Murray Irrigation Limited, a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the former Murray Darling Basin Commission Ministerial Council, and active in the Ricegrowers Association of Australia.
This appointment reflects the impact Alex Anthony has had in ensuring that the communities of the Murray Catchment have been heard at both state and federal level. She is the Chair of Murray Lower Darling Environmental Advisory Group – which is tasked with the annual planning and implementation of environmental water delivery within the Murray and Lower Darling regions, and is currently a member of the Stakeholder Reference panel of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.
At the state level, she has represented our region at the NSW Catchment Management Authorities Chairs' Council since 2008 and is the CMA member of the NSW Land and Water Advisory Panel.
Widely respected for her ability to listen to all sides and make sound decisions, Alex is known for her commitment to ensuring that the expenditure of public money is transparent so the community and government know they are getting value for their investment in natural resource management.
Under Murray Local Land Services, the functions of the organisation will widen to include the responsibilities for pest and disease control, animal health and other services of LHPA, and natural resource management programs of CMAs. Local Land Services will also work on emergency responses with the Department of Primary Industries, such as in times of drought, fire, flood and disease outbreak.
As Chair, she will become a member of the NSW LLS Board which will oversee overall governance and state policy for the new organisation. Alex will also shortly be joined by three appointed Board members to form the interim Murray LLS Board that will guide the commencement of Murray LLS. Elections for three ratepayer elected members will take place in early 2014.
She says she sees her role as guiding the governance of Murray LLS to enable a smooth transition to the new organisation.
"The incorporation of three entities into one provides an excellent opportunity to focus on the best systems and processes from each organisation to enable Murray LLS to deliver effective and efficient programs, which meet both government and communities' needs", she said.
" I think the model provides a excellent opportunity to draw on the strengths of the combining organisations to build a governance model which will provide opportunities for community, organisations, landholders, board members and staff from across the region.
"Two of the primary roles of the new Murray LLS Regional Board will be to develop a regional strategic plan and also to put in place community advisory committees to allow genuine input into the planning, implementation and review of locally appropriate programs.
Mrs. Anthony's appointment takes effect immediately with a new Board expected to be announced by December.