Lord Howe Island is a 1,455 hectare paradise. Settled in 1834, Lord Howe Island has a resident population of approximately 400 persons, and attracts over 15,000 tourists per year.

The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) is charged with the administration of the affairs of the Island, including the provision of community services and infrastructure, protection of World Heritage values, management of development and delivery of sustainable tourism. The Board recognises the vital importance of community engagement and the benefit of local experience and resident participation in decision making and project implementation.