Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:32:32):With a changing climate, ongoing droughts, fires and floods and biodiversity loss in New South Wales, we need Landcare more than ever. During Landcare Week, I particularly acknowledge the more than 60,000 land carers in New South Wales as well as chief executive officer Adrian Zammit and Government Relations Advisor Leigh McLaughlin. They are all part of a truly grassroots movement which allows local communities to work together across all sectors and interests to provide lasting, environmentally sustainable and productive solutions for the management of land.

As shadow Minister for Primary Industries, I acknowledge the important role Landcare plays in bringing together farmers, landowners, conservationists and nature lovers through vital projects that address shared goals. As well as delivering practical outcomes, Landcare is a major influencer in helping to develop new ways to manage land across New South Wales in both rural and urban areas, through its powerful and bipartisan advocacy to government.

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