Image: Watershed Landcare members with Mr Dugald Saunders MP, Member for Dubbo (centre right) and Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit (centre left)
Mr Dugald Saunders MP, Member for Dubbo and new Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Landcare (PFL), said it is an honour to be elected to the PFL which brings together Members of Parliament from all parties who have a common interest in supporting the goals of Landcare.
The Hon Mick Veitch, Member of the Legislative Council, has been returned as Deputy Chair and the new Secretary/Treasurer is Ms Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina.
Dr Adrian Zammit, CEO of Landcare NSW, expressed his appreciation to the new team and to all MPs who have joined the PFL.
“The PFL provides an avenue for Members of Parliament to connect with and offer support to Landcare at the state level and locally in suburbs, regional towns and farming communities,” said Dr Zammit.
Mr Saunders said, “As a big supporter of Landcare it is a privilege to lead the PFL and spread awareness of Landcare in the NSW Parliament.
“I have worked closely with Landcare groups in my area and this gives me more opportunity to convey their achievements and help progress their goals,” he said.
Mr Saunders encouraged MPs and MLCs who haven’t already joined, to sign up to the PFL.
“Not only will local Landcare groups appreciate your support, but you will learn a lot and forge new connections throughout your communities,” he said.
“Every weekend across New South Wales groups of people of all ages and backgrounds are doing their bit to look after and improving our environment,” said Mr Saunders.
Dr Zammit said “we welcome Dugald Saunders as the new Chair and look forward to building on the great work that has been achieved through the PFL in the past four years since its inception.
“Partnerships and bipartisan support for Landcare are crucial to sustaining a strong grassroots movement and strengthening Landcare’s ties with our elected representatives is essential.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Hon Kevin Anderson MP for the significant contribution he has made to Landcare at the local, regional and state level as he takes on the portfolio of Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation and Racing and leaves his role as Chair of the PFL,” Dr Zammit said.
Mr Saunders and Dr Zammit met with Landcare group, Watershed Landcare, in Mudgee to announce the beginning of the program and to talk with members about regional issues and projects.