Welcome to the new National Soils Advocate!
Soils For Life is happy to welcome the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC to the role of National Soils Advocate. She will continue the work started by our founder and patron Major General Michael Jeffery after he stepped aside from this work due to illness.
Ms Wensley is a former Governor of Queensland and has been the patron of Soil Science Australia since 2010. She has achieved national and international recognition for her contribution to environmental policy development and for promoting environmental knowledge and awareness, including as State Governor for Queensland and Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment.
Her assumption of this role comes as the government is striving to develop a National Soils Strategy to conserve and improve Australia’s soils.
“I’m very much looking forward to taking up the challenge of the role to raise awareness of the critical role of soils, to promote sustainable land management and make a tangible difference to Australian agricultural landscape conditions,” Ms Wensley said at her recent appointment.
“As an independent voice for soil health I will be engaging with stakeholders, listening to a variety of views across Australia and contributing to the National Soils Strategy, which aims to set out the government’s priorities for conserving and improving Australia’s soils.”
Soils For Life looks forward to working with Ms Wensley as she does this.