What Bruce Scott is doing after politics
BRUCE Scott has a passion for the land and rural communities.
The former Federal Minister for Maranoa is the newly appointed patron for South West NRM where he hopes to continue to promote best land care practices for economic, social and environmental benefits.
Growing up on a property in Muckadilla where he grew wool and grain Mr Scott came to understand the importance of sustainability.
“I was growing up on open Downs country and (learned) the importance of trees and how they play an integral part in livestock management,” he said.
“It’s important to protect the land and make sure it’s still available for future generations.
“In my own farming land we focused on conservation farming.
“We were one of the first people in the Maranoa district to get minimum tillage farming equipment from Nebraska in the US.”
Mr Scott was a Nuffield Farming Scholar and studied in the UK and Europe.
“I particularly studied wool and meat production,” he said.
“And in Europe they were moving not towards burning their stubble but towards zero tillage models and returning ground cover back into the soil.”
Mr Scott said he supported the mulga lands strategy as well as the strategy to implement cluster fencing throughout Queensland.
He hoped to continue to support these initiatives through his work with South West NRM.
“As a member of parliament I fought hard to get extra money for that cluster fencing,” he said.
“I retired from parliament at the last election. But I’ve had a lifelong association with the land growing up on the land near Roma.
“Joining South West NRM is my way of staying involved and supporting the great work of our Landcare groups.
“The basis of our economy for rural Australia is how we sustain our land. The well-being of our communities is based so much around the land.”
Mr Scott is involved with many associations supporting rural issues. He is on the board of the Royal Flying Doctors Service Queensland, the Co-Chair of the Regional Advisory Council for Telstra Queensland, and director of Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre.
“All these issues have always been a passion for me and they are all part of our daily lives in rural Australia,” he said.
“So much of the economic well-being of all of Australia is based in our rural communities, which is why I want to maintain my links and share what knowledge I have with South West NRM and the people who raise their families and run their businesses in rural western Queensland.
“I would like to acknowledge the leadership and dedicated staff of South West NRM as an important element for the sustainability of the land resources and communities of western Queensland.”
PASSIONATE PATRON: Bruce Scott is the newly appointed 2018 patron for South West NRM.