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Western Australia action for marine santuaries

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You probably don't need us to tell you that Australia is a big, beautiful country. We're pretty spoilt when it comes to awe-inspiring landscapes and incredible creatures. That's why we're spread far and wide so we can give these ecosystems the protection they deserve. Here's a summary of our state based campaign centres:


South Australia

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South Australia contains some of the most pristine land and sea wilderness left anywhere on Earth. You can see a million birds fishing in the middle of the desert when Lake Eyre floods. You can watch dozens of whales, swimming with their calves beneath massive limestone cliffs as you stand on the edge of the Nullarbor and the Great Australian Bight. SA is the gateway to the outback. Wherever you look, South Australia's nature is as abundant as it is ecologically important, and we're working hard there to protect it as best we can.

Campaign centre

  • Adelaide

Local events

Achievements

  • Securing Marine Park sanctuary zones 
  • Protecting Arkaroola Mountains and the Mawson Plateau 
  • Wilderness Protection for the Nullabor
  • Guaranteeing extra water for the Murray-Darling system

Current campaigns

  1. Simpson Desert wilderness 
  2. Kangaroo Island Canyon and pools from offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling
  3. To stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry into Arckaringa and the central desert region of Australia

Our team 

  • Campaign Manager - Peter Owen
  • Community Outreach Coordinator - Tammy-Jo Sutton
  • Campaigner - David Noonan
  • Campaigner - Kathryn Warhurst
  • WildCountry Scientist - Matt Turner

Newcastle

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The Wilderness Society New South Wales started as one of the many environmental action groups which sprang up around the country in the early 1980’s in response to the proposed dam on the Franklin River, Tasmania. While other regional action groups closed down after this iconic campaign, Newcastle forged ahead, campaigning for the protection of important wilderness areas locally and nationally. Today we're leading the fight against coal seam gas exploration in the Pilliga, with a whole community of concerned locals behind us. 

Achievements 

  • Protection of the iconic Barrington Tops
  • Stopping the Tillegra Dam on the Williams River

Current campaigns

  1. Pilliga Forest
  2. Fossil Fuels

Our team

  • ​Campaign Manager (Newcastle) - Naomi Hogan
  • Campaigner - Geoff Evans
  • Community Campaigner - Amanda Macokatic

 


Sydney

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Current campaigns

1. Nature in Danger
2. #Leardblockade: stopping the Maules Creek Coal Mine!
 

Volunteering

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Local events

  • Regular National Days of Action (NDAs) around Australia
  • Nature Engagement Tours
  • WildEndurance
  • Volunteer Welcome Sessions 

Our team 

  • Campaign Manager  - Belinda Fairbrother
  • Campaigner - Charlotte Richardson
  • Community Organiser - Kaine Johnson
  • Community Organiser - Emma Wasson
  • Community Organiser - April Crawford-Smith

Queensland

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We're currently focusing our efforts on protecting Queensland’s rivers and native bushland, as well as stopping the winding back of important environmental laws. In particular we are campaigning to protect the Gilbert River in the Gulf of Carpentaria from threats from large scale agriculture proposals. We're always looking for volunteers and supporters to join us, so please get in touch if you'd like to find out more or get involved. 

Campaign centre

  • Brisbane

Local events

  • Monthly Volunteer Meeting - everyone is welcome, whether you are a regular volunteer or someone interested in finding out more.

Current campaigns

  1. Nature in Danger - protecting Australia's special places and fighting Queensland's environmental law rollbacks, including Wild Rivers
  2. Northern Australia Rivers (with a focus on the Gilbert River)
  3. Cape York Peninsula - ongoing protection of Cape York's World Heritage standard values

Achievements 

  • Daintree Rainforest logging stopped; [1987]
  • Wet Tropics Rainforest World Heritage Area - including the Daintree; [1988]
  • Fraser Island logging stopped and declared World Heritage area in 1992;
  • Starcke property saved from overseas sale in 1993 and handed back to Traditional Owners in 1999; [1999] [225,000 ha]
  • Stopped sand mining at Shelburne (Cape York Peninsula); [2003]
  • Broadscale landclearing stopped and 20 million ha of native woodlands protected; [2004]
  • Queensland Wild Rivers Act; [2005]
  • Wild River declarations: Gulf of Carpentaria [2007], Channel Country [2011], Cape York (Archer, Lochart, Stewart) [2009]
  • Wenlock River on CYP declared Wild River, stopped mine proposal and saved area now known as Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve; [June 2010]
  • New Aboriginal Owned/managed National Parks on Cape York Peninsula, and support for first Indigenous Protected Area;

Our team

Campaign Manager - Dr Tim Seelig
Community Campaigner - Chay Neal
Queensland Campaigner - Karen Touchie
Business Manager - Jono Rihan

 


Western Australia

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Being Australia's largest state, from pristine reef systems to the some of the tallest forests in the entire world,  Western Australia has an incredibly biodiverse landscape. With such a rich landscape comes mineral and fossil fuel rewards for extractive industries too, so we're keeping a close eye on it all from our Perth base. 

Campaign centre

  • Perth

Volunteering

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Current campaigns

  1. Nature: The Kimberley Coast
  2. Nature: Great Western Woodlands
  3. Fossil Fuels: Fracking / Fitzroy River

Our team

  • State Director - Jenita Enevoldsen
  • Senior (Lead) Community Organiser - Sarah Yani Vann-Sander 
  • Engagement Organiser - Corey Boivin
  • Outreach Organiser - Regan Logan
  • Senior Campaigner - Peter Robertson
  • Business Manager - Dora De Luca

Past Achievements 

 

  • Southwest WA Old Growth Forests protected in 30 new conservation reserves.
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, followed by World Heritage listing.
  • Great Western Woodlands (GWW) recognised as a“biodiversity and cultural asset”.
  • Kimberley Parks delivered; Camden Sound Marine Park and Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park.
  • The James Price Point gas hub was stopped
  • Ngari Capes Marine Park delivered
  • Kimberley National Heritage Listing

Tasmania

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Tasmania is home to some of the most spectacular wilderness on Earth. From our fight to save the Franklin River, to our battle for Tassie trees, our passion for this region matches its incredible natural and cultural values. Right now, we're working on delivering the conservation outcomes promised in the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, and standing against the threat of open cut mining in the Tarkine.   

Campaign centres

  • Hobart
  • Launceston

Achievements 

  • The Franklin 
  • Creation of marine reserves

Current campaigns

  1. Tasmanian forests
  2. Tarkine

Our Team

  • Campaign Manager - Vica Bayley
  • Senior Campaigner - Liz Johnstone 
  • Launceston Campaigner - Ruth Groom

 


Victoria

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We're in the middle of a long campaign for native forest protection in Victoria, but with the enthusiasm and generosity of our volunteers we're starting to make real ground. The nexus between successive state governments and the forestry industry against phasing out logging in high-value conservation areas has directly impacted on the survival prospects of the Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's faunal emblem, which faces extinction if state-sponsored logging continues in its habitat. With your help though, we will turn the tide.

Campaign centre

  • Melbourne

Local events

Volunteer

Achievements 

  • Protecting the iconic River Red Gum National Parks along the Murray River
  • Protecting 41,000 hectares of old-growth forests in East Gippsland
  • Making individuals and companies think twice about their paper choices with the Ethical Paper campaign

Current campaigns

  1. Victorian native forests
  2. The Tarkine 

Our people

  • Campaign Manager - Amelia Young
  • Western Victoria Campaigner - Geraldine Ryan
  • Wildcountry Project Officer - Richard Hughes
  • Community Campaigner - Ben Campbell
  • Community Campaigner - Kevisato Sanyu