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Murray Board welcomes new Local Land Services Chair

Murray Local Land Services Chair, Richard Bull, has welcomed the appointment of the newly-appointed statewide head of the organisation, Tim de Mestre.

Mr de Mestre commenced this week as the Chair of the Board of Chairs, a role that oversees the strategic direction of Local Land Services and its 11 regional agencies. He takes over from former Murray chair Alex Anthony, from Moulamein, who has acted in the role for the past nine months.

Mr Bull welcomed Mr de Mestre’s commitment to take Local Land Services to the next level by providing a high standard of quality, customer-focused services to ratepayers, investors, regions and communities.

“I am confident that Tim will build on the excellent foundation laid by Alex Anthony, and drive the organisation forward to new heights,” Mr Bull said.

“Our work over the past couple of years has taken us to a point where we’re now ready to offer our services at a greater level, and I believe Tim’s leadership will provide the perfect vehicle for that transition.”

Mr de Mestre said he planned to steer Local Land Services with greater purpose to ensure the organisation thrived.

“Local Land Services is a good model to deliver agricultural production advice, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management services and I have been enthused by meeting some of the dedicated staff doing so many great things across the state,” he said.

“I am determined to capitalise on what we are doing right and remove the barriers that are preventing us from doing things better to ensure Local Land Services continues to evolve as an agricultural service provider.”

Murray chair, Richard Bull added that Local Land Services’ evolution also included the ongoing development of its environmental programs, which are funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

“The natural resource management side of the business is an important focus for us, and will continue to be as we go forward,” he said.

Mr de Mestre will gauge the organisation’s progress during a statewide tour of the regions.

“Over the coming weeks and months I will travel around NSW to meet with key industry groups, businesses and communities. Our customers are the best source of information about how the organisation is going and I look forward to their input,” he said.

“I know the issues affecting land managers in the south of the state are different to those in the north and that’s why it is so important to ensure our regional Local Land Services are best placed to deliver those services.”

Mr de Mestre brings his extensive knowledge of the agriculture sector to the role; having previously held senior positions in corporate agribusinesses Paraway Pastoral, Twynam Agriculture and Clyde Agriculture, as well as operating his family farming enterprise.