In your community
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.
The Wilderness Society New South Wales started as one of the many environmental action groups which sprang up around the country in the early 1980s 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.
- Protection of the iconic Barrington Tops
- Stopping the Tillegra Dam on the Williams River
- Campaign Manager (Newcastle): Naomi Crystal Hodgson
- Campaigner: Prue Bodsworth
- Community Campaigner: Charlotte McCabe
- Business Manager: Katelijn Hullegie
We're currently focusing our efforts on protecting Queensland’s nature, including pristine rivers and native bushland.
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.
Brisbane hosts monthly volunteer meetings, regular welcome nights for new volunteers, as well as community organising training weekends every 1-2 months.
- Stopping broadscale land clearing
- Protecting pristine rivers
- Daintree Rainforest logging stopped .
- Wet Tropics Rainforest World Heritage Area - including the Daintree .
- 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  [225,000 ha].
- Stopped sand mining at Shelburne (Cape York Peninsula) .
- Broadscale land clearing stopped and 20 million ha of native woodlands protected .
- Queensland Wild Rivers Act .
- Wild River declarations: Gulf of Carpentaria , Channel Country , Cape York (Archer, Lochart, Stewart) .
- 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.
Campaign Manager: Dr Tim Seelig
Community Organiser: Chay Neal
Community Organiser: Iain Pritchard
Business Manager: Jono Rihan
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.
- Monthly action group meetings
- Annual Adelaide activist skillshare
- Monthly Group volunteer introduction session
- 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
- Protect the Great Australian Bight from deep sea oil and gas exploration and drilling
- To stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry into Arckaringa and the central desert region of Australia
- Campaign Director: Peter Owen
- Community Outreach Coordinator: Tammy-Jo Sutton
- Community Organiser (Education Program Coordinator): Cristel Chambers
- Regular National Days of Action (NDAs) around Australia
- Nature Engagement Tours
- Volunteer Welcome Sessions
- Campaign Manager (Acting): Charlotte Richardson
- Community Organiser: Kaine Johnson
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.
- The Franklin
- Creation of marine reserves
- Tasmanian forests
- Campaign Manager: Vica Bayley
- Senior Campaigner: Liz Johnstone
- Launceston Campaigner: Ruth Groom
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.
- 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
- Victorian native forests
- The Tarkine
- Campaign Manager: Amelia Young
- Western Victoria Campaigner: Geraldine Ryan
- Wildcountry Project Officer: Richard Hughes
- Community Organiser: Ben Campbell
- Community Organiser: Kevisato Sanyu
Being Australia's largest state, from pristine reef systems to the some of the tallest forests in the entire world, Western Australia is home to unique nature, rare critters and rich cultural heritage. With such a magnificent 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.
- Nature: The Kimberley Coast
- Nature: Great Western Woodlands
- Fossil Fuels: Fracking / Fitzroy River
- State Director: Jenita Enevoldsen
- Community Organiser (Nature): Amy Matheson
- Community Organiser (Fossil Fuels): Kylie Wrigley
- Senior Campaigner: Peter Robertson
- Business Manager: Dora De Luca
- 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