Saunders welcomes appointment of new Ag Commissioner

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the appointment of Daryl Quinlivan to the role of NSW Agriculture Commissioner, labelling him a strong ally for farmers in the western region.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced Mr Quinlivan’s appointment on Monday, and Mr Saunders said that the appointment is another election commitment fulfilled by the NSW Nationals in Government.

“Farmers in the western region have today gained another formidable advocate and fighter in their corner,” Mr Saunders said.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are determined to protect the right to farm, and the appointment of Daryl Quinlivan as Agriculture Commissioner is a significant step towards further strengthening those rights.

“He will be particularly focused on resolving land use conflict and identifying growth opportunities for industry.”

Mr Quinlivan comes to the role with strong leadership experience and a track record of practical contributions to policy development, having previously served as the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water resources.

“Daryl is an excellent choice for this role, which will be vital for our primary producers,” Mr Saunders said.

“He is widely respected within our primary industries, and is prepared and willing to stand up for our farmers as they fight their way out of this record-breaking drought.

“Farmers across the west, like those all across the State, have battled through one of the driest times on record, but as some seasonal conditions begin to improve, they need to be sure they are free to farm in the most effective and efficient ways possible.” Today’s announcement will further strengthen farmers’ rights, following the passage last year of the NSW Nationals Right to Farm Bill 2019.

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