What Bruce Scott is do­ing af­ter pol­i­tics

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­dra.glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PAS­SION­ATE PA­TRON: Bruce Scott is the newly ap­pointed 2018 pa­tron for South West NRM.

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