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Wallabies great joins Lock the Gate

Lock the Gate Alliance has welcomed former Wallabies Rugby Union team captain David Pocock to its board of directors.

Chair of the national Lock the Gate board Simon Clough said he was delighted with the appointment, and pointed to Mr Pocock's passion for sustainable agriculture and backing for farmers and Traditional Owners working to protect land and water.

"Much of Australia's farmland and environment is under threat from coal and gas exploitation. We have invited David to join the board of directors due to his tenacity for helping protect these special places," Mr Clough said.

Mr Pocock said, "Lock the Gate Alliance has helped build a grassroots movement to support regional communities as they stand up against coal and gas projects that threaten their natural, cultural and agricultural resources. I have been inspired by their work and look forward to joining the board and finding ways to contribute.

“At a time of so much change across the country, it’s more important than ever that we invest in the future, ensuring the benefits are felt in regional communities.”

“It’s increasingly clear that the risks coal and gas developments pose to farmland, sacred sites, our climate and environment are not worth it - coal and gas have had their day. We need to make bolder, smarter choices that build a better future for rural Australia.”

Mr Pocock and his wife Emma Palandri have also written a book, called "In Our Nature", which chronicles the couple's conservation and farming work, including their involvement in the Leard Blockade.

 

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