Lord Howe Island Board
Although some 700 km remote from the mainland, Lord Howe Island is part of the State of New South Wales, Australia. Due to its isolation, unique environment and social situation, it is administered by the Lord Howe Island Board.
Unlike the rest of NSW, there is no freehold title, and the island is entirely NSW Crown Land. The island is predominantly forested, has a population of about 350 people, and enjoys a thriving tourism industry. The Lord Howe Island Board is a NSW Statutory Authority established under the Lord Howe Island Act,1953, which gives a high level of autonomy to this community.
The Board reports directly to the NSW Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water, and is charged with the care, control and management of the island. Its responsibilities include:
- protection of World Heritage values
- development control
- administration of all Crown Land including the island’s protected area, the Permanent Park Preserve
- the provision of community services and infrastructure
- the delivery of sustainable tourism
The Board is comprised of seven members, four of whom are elected from the Islander community. The remaining three members are appointed by the Minister to represent the interests of business, tourism and conservation. The full Board meets on the island every three months and, on a day-to-day basis, the affairs of the island are managed by the Board’s administration.