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 – As the PREMIER nature conservation group, work with our community to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Margaret River region.
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 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).
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.
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
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
Community and Business Supporters
Brewhouse Margaret River
Candy Cow Cowaramup
Cape Mentelle Wines
Cowaramup Lions Club
Friends of Reserve Group Volunteers
Hairy Marron Café
Nature Conservation Members and Donors
Nature Conservation Volunteers
Rotary Club of Margaret River
‘Our Patch’ Participating Schools
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