Patron Provides New Insight

PROMOTING best land management practices which result in economic, social and cultural benefits will be a priority for South West NRM’s newly appointed 2018 patron, former Federal Member for Maranoa The Honourable Bruce Scott.

Originally a wool and grain grower, Mr Scott says he has always shown interest in finding a balance between environmental, economic and social aspects of life in the Outback.

During his political tenure from 1990-2016 Mr Scott sat on various portfolios and committees involving primary industries, and rural and regional development.

“Throughout my parliamentary life I have taken great interest in the environment,” Mr Scott says. “If you address the environment and business of the land you get desired social outcomes.”

Ensuring that the South West remains a region in which people want to live, work and play is a fundamental aspect of the newly created patron role at South West NRM.

“We need to make sure our assets are in the best condition for future generations,” South West NRM CEO Phil McCullough says.

“We need champions at all levels from land management to politics. The patron is a champion of voice, how we get out stories to people in other segments of life.”

It is Mr Scott’s interest, life and career in the region that South West NRM Chairperson Mark O’Brien says will create a win-win situation for innovation and sustainability.

“We warmly welcome his acceptance of our invitation and involvement with ongoing work at South West NRM,” Mr O’Brien says. “He is very well respected and passionate about South West Queensland. We are keen to get Bruce’s experience.”

Mr Scott says South West NRM’s implementation of cluster fencing programs -the first in Australia – alongside land care practices, have positioned the organisation as a national leader, particularly in low rainfall areas.

Born and raised near Muckadilla, Mr Scott’s life experience also embodies the mission of South West NRM - combining local knowledge with wider regional goals in order to create a harmonious mix of environmental sustainability that also benefits the social, cultural and economic needs of South West Queensland communities.

Currently, Mr Scott is the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre director, Telstra Regional Advocacy Council’s co-chair and sits on the Royal Flying Doctor Service board.

 

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Prepared by Martin Volz, Media Officer, martin.volz@swnrm.org.au

More information Phil McCullough, CEO, 0407 126 689