Nature Conservation

Nature Conservation was established in 2002 and is one of six natural resource management groups operating in the south west of Western Australia. Originally known as the Cape to Cape Catchments Group, its activities evolved over time from a specific focus on the health of rivers and creeks to encompass the protection of all biodiversity values in the Margaret River region.

This integrated, whole-of-system approach to regional conservation was reflected in a change of name to Nature Conservation Margaret River Region in 2017. Concurrently new appointments were made to an expanded Board of Directors, the Constitution amended and more focus placed on developing strategies to increase community engagement in conservation activities.

Nature Conservation is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organisation. It works to combine the grassroots support of the regional community with sound conservation science and pragmatic policy initiatives to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes.

This is reflected in a commitment to community consultation, collaborative partnerships and coordinated action as a means to developing effective solutions to regional environmental problems. To this end Nature Conservation undertakes an integrated program of activities including planning, monitoring, research, on-ground action, awareness raising, education and capacity building critical to the ongoing social, economic and environmental well-being of the Margaret River region.

Our Vision

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region has a clear vision for the Margaret River region – A healthy and biodiverse natural environment on which we depend.

Our mission is – To build and sustain an effective, respected and influential regional nature conservation group through science-based on-ground action and powerful leadership.

Board of Directors

The Board are all volunteers who meet on a regular basis. They are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation and are committed to maintaining high standards of governance and accountability.

Dr Ann Ward | Acting Chair

Ann moved to Margaret River from the Kimberley where she spent  26 years as a Rural GP Obstetrician. Prior to that she was a Flying Doctor in Meekatharra for 3 years. She has a passion for bushwalking in wild areas and has worked in various capacities in the Himalaya, Antarctica, the Arctic and Tonga.  She was formerly on the Board of Directors for the RFDS WA Section for 9 years and is a founding member of Gija Total Health Advisory group, supporting Warmun Aboriginal Community.  Ann has now made Margaret River home.

Professor Emerita Carmen Lawrence

Former Premier of Western Australia (1990 – 93), Member for Fremantle in House of Representatives (1994-2007) and Minister for Human Services and Health (1994-96), Chair of the Australian Heritage Council (2010-2016), Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia and President of the Conservation Council of WA (current). Carmen now has a bush retreat in the Margaret River region and visits regularly.

Jarrad Clark

Jarrad has been working hands-on in the biological sciences since 2001, within tertiary and government research roles and in private consulting. For the last 10 years he has designed, implemented and managed a large number and diverse
range of fauna survey projects throughout Western Australia, with Phoenix Environmental Sciences, the business he founded in 2008.

Crispin Underwood | Treasurer

Crispin is the founder and Director of an environmental consultancy specialising in environmental engineering and natural resource management. He has had a varied career with private industry, Government, the not for profit sector and in farming. Crispin has a holistic approach, which has drawn from his diverse work history, wide ranging travels, and his nature based personal interests.

Michelle McManus | Secretary

Michelle operates a leading and award winning regenerative farming business and currently supports Landsmith Collection. Her industry experience includes urban development, mining, infrastructure, rail, and natural gas as well with SME, arts organisations and local and state government. She has a broad range of experience with stakeholder engagement, communications and management focussing on Sustainable development, environmental management, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Hamish Worsley

Hamish is an economist and actuary who settled in Margaret River with his family in 2014. Raised on a family farm in southern NSW, he graduated from the University of Melbourne and has since worked and travelled extensively within Australia and internationally. He is a Director at NMG, an international consulting firm, and loves spending time in nature and outdoors with family and friends.

Nature Conservation Staff

Fran Dohring | Administration & Finance Officer

Drew McKenzie | Coastal Restoration Officer

Lyndsey Cox | Research & Citizen Science Officer

Genevieve Hanran-Smith | Biodiversity Officer

Peta Lierich | For Nature Program Officer | ‘Our Patch’ Environmental Education Officer

Tracey Muir | ‘Adopt a Spot’ Coordinator

Lauren Scanlon | Western Ringtail Possum Coordinator | ‘Our Patch’ Environmental Education Officer

TBA | Wooditjup Bilya Protection Officer

Trevor Paddenburg | For Nature Communications Officer

Danielle Campbell | Indigenous Trainee

Nature Conservation Partners and Supporters

Nature Conservation seeks to leverage the strength of the regional community by raising awareness, inspiring commitment and empowering action on behalf of the environment.

To this end it develops and nurtures a diverse network of supporters within the Margaret River region. This includes strong grassroots support from individuals and local businesses , teams of dedicated volunteers and citizen scientists, a network of strategic partnerships as well as collaborative working relationships with Federal, State, and local government agencies.

Nature Conservation wishes to thank the following groups and organisation for their support during 2018-19.

Strategic Partners

Augusta Margaret River Shire Council
Birdlife WA and Cape to Cape Bird Group
City of Busselton
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Edith Cowan University
Geographe Catchments Council
Gondwana Link
Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee
Margaret River Chamber of Commerce
Margaret River Regional Environment Centre
Margaret River Wine Association
Murdoch University Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit
South West Catchments Council
Transition Margaret River
Yallingup LCDC

Community and Business Supporters

Brewhouse Margaret River
Candy Cow Cowaramup
Cape Mentelle Wines
Cowaramup Agencies
Cowaramup Lions Club
Cullen Wines
Friends of Reserve Group Volunteers
Hairy Marron Café
Nature Conservation Members and Donors
Nature Conservation Volunteers
Rotary Club of Margaret River
Voyager Estate
‘Our Patch’ Participating Schools
Settlers Tavern
Margaret River Distilling Company
Proactive Taxation Solutions
The Larder, Margaret River
Sustainable Settlements Pty Ltd
Grape Escape SW Tours

Supporting Grant Programs

Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Environmental Management Fund
State Natural Resource Management Program
Federal Government National Landcare Program

A special thank you to Christian Fletcher for use of a number of his stunning photographs of the Margaret River region on www.natureconservation.org.au and other organisational products.