Bush Heritage Australia

Bush Heritage Australia

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  • 01 Jan 1991

The money and other property donated to the Bush Heritage Australia Fund in 2018-19 has allowed Bush Heritage to achieve many things over the past year in line with its principal purpose and the four key themes, and associated objectives, outlined in our 2017-2022 strategic plan for environmental conservation. Under our first theme, ‘Landscape-scale conservation management’, our achievements include increasing the amount of land and sea country that we protect or help manage from 8.86 million to 11.3 million hectares. This is primarily due to a new partnership we formed with the Karajarri people of the south-west Kimberley region in Western Australia, taking our total number of Aboriginal partnerships to 25. We also purchased two new reserves in the Kara Kara-Wedderburn region of central Victoria. Another highlight from theme 1 was the release of a 10-year progress report on our work in the Fitz-Stirling region of south-west Western Australia, where 4438 hectares have been revegetated or allowed to naturally regenerate through our efforts. As a result, we have seen populations of Black-gloved Wallabies, Honey Possums, Malleefowl, Pygmy Possums, and dozens of bird and bat species increasing. In total, our conservation work across the country is helping to protect 6359 native species, including 243 threatened species. In 2018-2019, we had 69 science projects underway, each of which has helped to improve our knowledge of the landscapes and species under our care. Amongst them was a pioneering revegetation initiative focused on understanding and responding to Grey Box and Yellow Box dieback on our Nardoo Hills reserves in central Victoria. We also launched a two-year feral cat tracking project on our Pullen Pullen Reserve in central Queensland that will help us to better control this significant threat to the population of critically endangered Night Parrots there. These achievements align with the second theme of our strategic plan, ‘Science and knowledge’. Another key element of Bush Heritage’s work is engaging and inspiring our conservation community - the third theme of our strategic plan. We made significant progress against this theme over the past year, launching a partnership with Australian fashion label, Gorman, completing construction of a new field station and engagement hub for the West region, and increasing attendance of our events around the country. Finally, a major milestone was the launch of Bush Heritage’s Aboriginal Cultural Competency Framework. This framework will guide the development of policies, procedures, training programs and a workplace culture that foster improved cultural competency. As part of this effort, we have put 62 percent of Bush Heritage staff through cultural competency training and we are aiming to increase our employment of Aboriginal people from 3.7 to 7 percent of our staff by 2020. Further details can be found in the 2018-2019 Impact Report: https://www.bushheritage.org.au/about/annual-reports

Areas of support
  • Advancing natual environment
  • General Community in Australia
Areas of operation
  • ACT
  • NSW
  • NT
  • QLD
  • SA
  • TAS
  • VIC
  • WA
Countries of operation
  • Australia

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