The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Gabrielle Upton, MP during her recent visit met with the Lord Howe Island Board at a Special Board meeting on 31 October 2017.
At the meeting a number of items were discussed, including:
- Renewable energy progress
- Weed eradication successes
- Coastal erosion challenges
- Stronger Country Community funding applications
- Air services to the Island and expectation of an announcement to be made shortly
The Minister showed a strong interest in the Island’s approach to waste management as well as food sustainability on the Island.
The imminent release of the Government’s response to the Handley Review was noted and the Final Government Response to the Handley Review has now been placed on the Board’s website.
During the Special Board meeting, a number of matters on the agenda were discussed and decisions made about:
Review of Board Decisions Policy - This policy outlines the process by which a person who has an application refused by the Board can ask for a review of that decision. This draft policy is now out for community comment and feedback. A copy can be found on the Public Notices page or be viewed at the Board offices.
Suspension of Residency Policy - This policy sets out the process for making an application to the Board to suspend the condition of residency that attaches to perpetual leases on Lord Howe Island. The policy also establishes a framework to guide the Board’s consideration of applications to suspend the condition of residency. This draft policy is now out for community comment and feedback. A copy can be found on the Public Notices page, or be viewed at the Board offices.
LHI Board Annual Report 2016/2017 - The Annual Report, inclusive of Financial Statements, and the Independent Auditor’s Report, was submitted for the information of the Board. The Report will be on the Board’s website, after it has been tabled in Parliament.
Development of a Community Strategic Plan - Building on the Community Strategy which was in place for the Island from 2010 to 2015, the Board wants to work with the LHI community and stakeholders during 2017 and 2018 to create a vision and strategy to guide the future direction of the Lord Howe Island community and the Board over the next ten years. Information from the Communications Survey 2016 and the Visitor Information Survey 2017 will be key contributions to this planning process. More information about this collaborative community planning process will be provided in the near future.
The Rodent eradication program communications strategy was also discussed.
If anyone would like further information about any of these items, please contact the administration office.