Landholders and primary producers are being called on to step up as candidates for the next Local Land Services elections.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said nominations were open until the end of the month and hoped a diverse range of candidates would throw their hat into the ring.
"This election there have been changes to the voting process that will deliver a more streamlined and robust election," Mr Marshall said.
"It is now easier to vote and participate, as all eligible LLS ratepayers will be automatically included on the electoral roll for the first time.
"This year will also see one vote per ratepayer or company in each region, regardless of the number of holdings they have, meaning each ratepayer will have equal say in who will represent them on their local board."
Mr Marshall said during times of drought and devastating bushfires it would be more important than ever for local board members to work with communities to help identify and deliver the services they need most.
"There is no doubt the agricultural sector is doing it tough and the road to recovery is going to be a long one, but I am sure there will be no shortage of skilled candidates who will provide a strong voice for regional communities," Mr Marshall said.
Across all 11 Local Land Services regions, ratepayers will elect 34 board members to work with appointed board members and the Chair to ensure the efficient delivery of services to farmers and land managers across the State.
- Nominations: Close noon on Friday, 28 February 2020
- Voting: Opens Thursday, 9 April, and closes at 5pm on Friday, 8 May 2020
- Announcement: Elected board members will be announced by the end of June 2020.
The Central West Local Land Services covers the central west slopes region around Grenfell, Forbes and Wellington to the western plains of Nyngan and Coonamble.