While the world’s eyes turn to London for the 2012 Olympics this year, former Australian champion John Landy will be channelling the focus and determination that made him a world-beater into taking on the country’s growing weed and feral animal problems.
Only the second man in the world to break the four-minute mile, Mr Landy has joined the Invasive Species Council – the only national environmental group focusing on the laws and policies needed to tackle Australia’s growing pest problems.
Mr Landy joins the Invasive Species Council as its patron.
Mr Landy shares a deep concern for the growing problem of invasive species in Australia. With more than 20 years experience as a professional agricultural scientist, he understands the magnitude and importance of the challenge.
“I have decided to support the work of the Invasive Species Council because what they do is so important now and for future generations,” Mr Landy said.
“Australia boasts a world-class quarantine system, largely built to protect the agricultural sector. Improving our systems to protect the environment from weeds, feral animals and pathogens is the next big challenge.
“Today we see serious and costly invasions such as gamba grass, mimosa and rubber vine destabilising ecosystems in northern Australia.
“Twenty or so new exotic plants establish in Australia each year, and compounding this are large numbers of ‘sleeper’ weeds set to become problem weeds and take over native habitats in Victoria and elsewhere,” Mr Landy said.
Mr Landy plays an important role in agriculture and the environment. He was a foundation member of the Land Conservation Council in Victoria, Chairman of the Meat Research Corporation, and Chairman of the Wool Research and Development Corporation.
He served as Governor of Victoria from January 2001 to April 2006.
Contact: Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council President – 0438 588 040.
Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council President – 0438 588 040.