Jeremy Buckingham is a country Greens member of the NSW Legislative Council and holds the key portfolio responsibilities of Mining, Coal Seam Gas, Murray Darling basin, Agriculture, Genetic Engineering, Regional Development and Western NSW.
Jeremy was born and raised in Tasmania and was heavily influenced by the debates to save Tasmania’s wild rivers and ancient forests. He worked as a sawmiller, fork lift driver and stonemason before entering politics. Jeremy moved to Orange in the central west of NSW in 1997 and studied and received an Advanced Diploma in Ecological Agriculture and Land Management from the University of Sydney.
He was the first Green elected to Local Government and State Parliament in NSW west of Great Dividing Range. He was first elected to Orange City Council in 2004 and re-elected with an increased vote in 2008. He continues to serve his community on Orange City Council, and as a Councillor implemented Australia’s first stormwater harvesting project for drinking water supply, campaigned to protect an agricultural research station from developers, constructively engaged with the Aboriginal community and fought to protect water supplies from mining interests. As a Councillor Jeremy has a lot of experience dealing with the giant Cadia gold mine, that operates on the outskirts of Orange. This has included major issues about water use by the mine, the destruction of habitat and biodiversity, and issues around energy use.
Jeremy is committed to the engaging with farmers and rural and regional communities. Food security, protecting valuable agricultural soils from mining and coal seam gas, placing the Murray Darling Basin on a sustainable footing, fighting for the infrastructure the regions need and ensuring farmers operate in a fair market are his key policy priorities.
Jeremy lives in the beautiful provincial city Orange in central western NSW with his wife Sarah and two boys, Eden and James.