Bendigo, 23 October 2017:
FOLLOWING the recent retirement of Tim Fairfax AC from the Board of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, its Chairman, the Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, has announced that Bruce Scott OAM will be joining the FRRR Board.
The Barcoo region is one of the more remote shires of Queensland, spanning 61,974 square kilometres, and incorporating the communities of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah in the far west of the State.
Born and bred in Western Queensland, Bruce and his wife own and run Moothandella, a cattle station in Queensland’s Channel Country. Bruce has served on numerous boards as well as local, state and federal government committees and community committees. He was recently recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to local government, and to the community of Barcoo Shire, where he is Mayor.
Making the announcement in Longreach this morning, Mr Sinclair said that a vacancy had emerged as Tim Fairfax AC recently retired from the Board.
“Tim has made an enormous contribution to the board over the years, bringing a multitude of perspectives, including that of philanthropist, primary producer, as well as a Queenslander.
“We are very pleased to have Bruce Scott join us. Like Tim, Bruce shares a passion for the Tackling Tough Times Together program, having been involved with the program since 2014.
“His working knowledge of FRRR, combined with his experience in agriculture, knowledge of local government and deep understanding of the needs, challenges and priorities of those living in regional and remote communities make him a great addition to the Board.”
Mr Scott says that he is proud and honoured to serve in a volunteer capacity on the FRRR Board and help continue the great work and foresight of its founders and previous board members.
“Rural, regional and remote Australia has much to offer, and is a major contributor to the economy. It is also a great place to live, invest and raise a family. FRRR is an important vehicle to enable access to resources that can assist in building and sustaining vibrant and adaptable communities.
“I’ve seen first-hand the important role that FRRR plays in enabling communities to respond to their local challenges in ways most appropriate to their context. There are many priorities and FRRR is very effective in getting funds to where they are needed most including helping make available quality educational experiences, building skills and opportunities for local businesses and providing exposure to culture and the arts. These factors enable rural communities to survive, respond to change and, at the same time, protect our unique bio-diversity, our rich natural and social fabric.
“I look forward to working with the Board and staff to ensure funding and support continues to reach communities on the ground across rural Australia.”
“On behalf of the Board, I sincerely thank Tim for his dedication, support and commitment to helping FRRR strive for our vision of having vibrant, sustainable and adaptive communities, and warmly welcome Bruce.
“I know he will add enormous value,” said Mr Sinclair.