estone Coast Landscape Board has a new Chair, with Penny Schulz starting in the lead role this month. Former Chair Kerry DeGaris has stepped down from the role and the board due to personal commitments.
During her time as leader, Dr DeGaris led the organisation through the transition from the former SENRM Board to the Limestone Coast Landscape Board in July last year. Dr DeGaris was instrumental in forming the new board and leading the inaugural Grassroots Grants program, the region’s Strategic Landscape Plan currently underway and the 2020/21 business plan.
“Primary production and biodiversity on farms and in the landscape go hand in hand, and our efforts as First Nations people, landholders and community to manage the region’s landscapes in a changing climate will enhance the sustainability of our industries and lifestyles,” Dr DeGaris said.
Ms Schulz commended Dr DeGaris on her strong leadership during a time of change. “The Landscape Board continues to focus on water planning, and biodiversity and is increasing the focus on soil and land management and pest plant and animal control,” Ms Schulz said.
“Developing our network with partners to undertake this work is critical to be effective, and Kerry’s lead during this time of change has helped to set the direction of the board into the future. I thank her very much for providing the board with strong foundations.”