Nature Conservation Margaret River Region has a clear vision for the Margaret River region – A healthy and biodiverse natural environment supporting the livelihoods and lifestyles on which our community depends.
Our mission is to work with the community to protect and preserve the natural environment of the Margaret River region on behalf of present and future generations.
Dr Boyd Wykes | Chair
After completing PhD research at Monash University Boyd pursued a career in environmental science in WA as an academic, educator and environmental manager for the Department of Defence. Since retiring to Margaret River in 2011 he contributes his time, passion and expertise to Nature Conservation and Birdlife WA.
Stuart Hicks AO | Deputy Chair
Chair of South West Development Commission 2011-17 Stuart previously headed various government agencies, including Transperth, the Department of Transport, and Department of Marine and Harbours. He also served as a commissioner of the WA Planning Commission, Chair of the National Transport Commission and Chair of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority.
Steven is a lawyer, mediator, businessman, & master of ceremonies. The Castan family moved from Melbourne and settled in Margaret River several years ago after being entranced by the beauty of the Margaret River Region. Steven is the current President of the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as being an avid bird photographer & nature enthusiast.
Margaret Moir | Treasurer
A retired farmer and businesswoman Margaret is a long-term Margaret River resident and a founding member of the Cape to Cape Catchments Group (now Nature Conservation). She is currently President of the SW Capes Branch of the Wildflower Society of WA.
Professor 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.
John McKinney | Secretary
John returned to his Margaret River roots over 15 years ago after education in Perth and has worked and lived to protect and enhance the Margaret River region environment and is currently Coordinator of Environmental Services for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Steve is currently Operations Group Manager for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association and has a background in education, commerce, local and state government.
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 2016-17.
Augusta Margaret River Shire Council
South West Catchments Council
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Margaret River Chamber of Commerce
Margaret River Wine Association
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Murdoch University Freshwater Fish Group
Edith Cowan University
Lower Blackwood Landcare
Geographe Catchments Council
Community and Business Supporters
Nature Conservation Members and Donors
Nature Conservation Volunteers
Friends of Reserves
Rotary Club of Margaret River
Cowaramup Lions Club
‘Our Patch’ Participating Schools
Cape Mentelle Wines
Hairy Marron Café
Cape to Cape Bird Group
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.
Supporting Grant Programs
Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Environmental Management Fund
State Natural Resource Management Program
Federal Government National Landcare Program
Lotterywest Environment Grants