Our Associates

Tasmanian Land Conservancy

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) is a not-for-profit, apolitical, science and community-based organisation that raises funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land in Tasmania.

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Major Projects Foundation

Major Projects Foundation carries out and supports conservation, research and education around issues of environment, sustainability and preservation affecting Australia, its coral reefs, the Pacific Ocean and its island communities.

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust's (BCT) mission is to maximise the biodiversity conservation outcomes achieved with the public and private resources entrusted in the BCT to support private land conservation, to deliver a healthy, productive and resilient environment across NSW.

Trust for Nature, Victoria

Trust for Nature (TFN) is a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect native plants and wildlife in cooperation with private landowners. The Trust was established under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972 to enable people to contribute permanently to nature conservation by donating land or money.

TFN has since evolved into one of Victoria’s primary land conservation organisations, with several tools to help people protect biodiversity on private land.

Bush Heritage Australia

Bush Heritage is a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to protecting Australia's unique animals, plants and their habitats through purchasing land of outstanding conservation value, and then caring for it. Bush Heritage currently owns and manages 34 reserves throughout Australia, covering over 947 000 hectares. Bush Heritage's reserves are managed in a similar way to national parks – the land is legally protected, with the intention of safeguarding it forever. We also build partnerships with other landowners, to manage important areas of their land for conservation. These partnerships account for a further 2.5 million hectares of land under conservation management.

Humane Society International

Humane Society International (HSI) is the largest and most effective international charity working for a more humane and sustainable world for animals. As one of the top animal protection charities, HSI are leaders in saving endangered species and their habitats and reducing cruelty in farming, trade and other industries.

PEW Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts is a not-for-profit organisation that applies a rigorous and analytical approach towards solving today’s most challenging problems. The aim of Pew’s environmental initiatives is to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide. In Australia, the Outback to Oceans Program team work with Aboriginal organisations, conservation groups, industry and government agencies to conserve the country’s critical wilderness and marine habitats through long-term protection, good management practice and elimination of threats.

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivers practical solutions to the complex issues that affect our physical environment and how we interact with it. The school's interconnected teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management.

Great Eastern Ranges Initiative

Since 2007, the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) has brought people together to stem the loss of native animals and plants, provide natural solutions to climate change, protect precious resources and ensure a healthy, resilient landscape for wildlife and people. Today, GER is one of the world’s largest landscape conservation initiatives, delivering strong environmental, health and social outcomes through its diverse networks of partner organisations, public agencies, traditional owners and local groups.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Taronga Conservation Society Australia is a leader in the fields of conservation, research and environmental education. Taronga Conservation Society Australia, believes that wildlife and people can share this planet and that all of us have a responsibility to protect the world’s precious wildlife, not just in our lifetimes, but for the generations of the future. 

Professor Richard Mackay AM

Prof Richard Mackay, AM BA (hons) MBA MAACAI is the founder and ‘Director of Possibilities’ at Mackay Strategic. Richard has worked in heritage management for more than 30 years. He was a founding Partner of GML Heritage Pty Ltd. Richard was an ICOMOS cultural advisor at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee and is the immediate past Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee and current Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Australian State of the Environment 2011 Committee, and will also be responsible for the ‘Heritage’ theme of the 2016 Commonwealth State of the Environment report.


Richard is also a former member of Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Party, former Non-executive Director of the National Trust in NSW, a former member of the Heritage Council of NSW and was the inaugural Chair of the NSW State Heritage Register Committee. Richard has skills in facilitation and strategic direction of heritage projects and place management throughout Australia and in Asia. He has worked for government and non-government agencies and corporations, devising innovative but practical solutions to complex heritage challenges at places ranging from Angkor, Cambodia to Sydney’s Luna Park. Richard was the inaugural winner of the Australian Heritage Council ‘Sharon Sullivan Award’ for his contribution to Australia’s national heritage. In 2003 he was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to archaeology and cultural heritage.

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