It is with pleasure that I acknowledge the Blue Mountains Conservation Society [(BMCS]), and in particular former President Lachlan Garland. Lachlan has been active in the areas of bush- regeneration and bush-care. As President of BMCS, Lachlan and BMCS have led organised, well-researched and compelling campaigns on the acquisition of Radiata Plateau, elimination of zombie developments and environmental and noise pollution.
Our environment is fragile and, as we have seen over the past few weeks, vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We all need champions who put the environment ahead of personal interest and short-term gains. I acknowledge the contribution of Lach Ian and BMCS in the protection of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and their ongoing advocacy to prevent environmental harm and to promote conservation.