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Our board

Northern Tablelands 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.


Hans Hietbrink

Hans Hietbrink was appointed local Chair, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on 3 October 2013. He is a high-level manager who has demonstrated the ability to facilitate, motivate and achieve results.

Hans was previously the Chair of the Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority where he worked closely with Board members and the General Manager in establishing strategic plans and projects.

Hans is also a Councillor of Guyra Shire Council and has held the position of Mayor since 2008.

Appointed Board members

Jim Benton, Glen Innes

Graham Marriott, Inverell

Maria Woods, Walcha

Elected Board Members

Tim Norton, Walcha

Ross King, Walcha

David Worsely, Nullamanna