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Mike Keegan appointed General Manager, Greater Sydney Local Land Services

Chair of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS), Terry Charlton, today announced the appointment of Mike Keegan as General Manager for the Greater Sydney LLS region.

“I am very pleased to welcome Mike into this important leadership role. I am confident that he is the best person for the job and will deliver positive outcomes for the Greater Sydney LLS, building on the strengths of the Catchment Management Authority and other agencies and adding fresh perspectives and new directions,” Mr Charlton said.

“Mike has extensive experience in managing diverse enterprises in urban and rural markets and is an experienced leader at senior management level with knowledge across a wide range of commercial enterprises.

“Mike has a proven track record in engaging stakeholders and developing creative marketing solutions that lead to growth in profit and revenue. He was the President of Pentair Water and Environmental Systems where he was responsible for the country management of the $1 billion Pentair turnover across Australia and sponsorship of a fast growth team in South East Asia.

“He has also been Managing Director of Tyco and Tyco Water in Australia where he was responsible for many companies. He has qualifications as an Agricultural Engineer from Melbourne University.

“This strong experience will be critical in providing vision and leadership for Greater Sydney Local Land Services which will deliver agricultural advice, plant and animal pest control and biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management,” said Mr Charlton.

Mr Keegan said that he was delighted to accept the position and looking forward to the challenge of leading a modern, regional service delivery organisation that is focussed on putting customers first.

“Greater Sydney Local Land Services is in a unique position to address local priorities and provide the best service to farmers, industry, businesses and the community.

“Many people don’t realise that agriculture is a billion dollar industry in Greater Sydney with significant commodities. In 2010-11, the region accounted for around 84 per cent of the total value of NSW mushrooms ($84 million) and poultry contributed 40 per cent ($298 million) to the total value of agriculture production in NSW ($11.7 billion). Tomatoes accounted for $9 million, lettuce $7 million and cut flowers $37 million.

“Greater Sydney Local Land Service will provide expert advice and service so that these industries can improve their profitability and be sustainable at the same time,” said Mr Keegan.