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Building the Gondwana Link is a huge task, requiring a range of skills, people and resource (aka $$'s). This work is being achieved through the work of a wide range of groups and businesses, local, national and international. Most work in specific sections of the Link, though some support work across multiple sections. The leaders include:

  • Bush Heritage Australia
  • Birdlife Australia
  • Cape to Cape Catchment Group
  • Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
  • Friends of Fitzgerald River National Park
  • Gillamii Centre
  • Greening Australia Western Australia
  • Green Skills
  • Gnarjl Aboriginal Corporation
  • Oyster Harbour Catchment Group
  • Pew Environment Group
  • Ranges Link Group
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Threshold Environmental

There are also a number of conservation investors and individuals who are involved and contribute in various ways, some through land ownership and management. One shining example is Eddy and Donna Wajon, who have purchased two properties across the Link, which they now manage for conservation. Additionally, many volunteers help specific groups implement important projects on the ground, through assisting with research and property management.

Other organisations and institutions have formal contractual arrangements with participating groups to achieve key objectives in parts of the Link. This includes Goldfields Land and Sea Council, Carbon Neutral, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and South Coast NRM, Wheatbelt NRM and South West Catchments Council. Their support has been wonderful.

Underpinning all this is the generous contributions of a significant number of philanthropic donors and corporate supporters. Gondwana Link is only happening because of this significant private support, which has taken us from a crazy idea to a mainstream program achieving tangible benefits for wildlife across a vast area. We thank you.

Some of the work that the key individual groups are doing in Gondwana Link is described here. Additional information can be found by following the links to their individual websites (where available) and in Achieving the Vision.

There are also a number of conservation investors and individuals who are involved and contribute in various ways, some through land ownership and management. One shining example is Eddy and Donna Wajon, who have purchased two properties across the Link, which they now manage for conservation. Additionally, many volunteers help specific groups implement important projects on the ground, through assisting with research and property management.

Some of the work that the key individual groups are doing in Gondwana Link is described below. Additional information can be found by following the links to their individual websites (where available) and in Achieving the Vision.

 

Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia is a national non-profit organisation that protects Australia’s unique animals, plants and their habitats by acquiring and managing land of outstanding conservation value, or by working in partnership with other landowners. Bush Heritage’s vision for 2025 is to protect 1 per cent of Australia and their purchases of land within the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link is contributing to that vision. Since 2002 Bush Heritage have purchased Chereninup, Monjebup and Monjebup North reserves, and have co-purchased Yarrabee and Peniup with Greening Australia. All of these properties contain significant areas of existing or regenerating bushland, but areas on Chereninup, Yarrabee and Peniup have also been replanted to local native species. Planning for the restoration of their latest acquisition, Monjebup North, has begun.
Once purchased and restored, the properties require on-going management for control of weeds, feral animals and wildfire. Bush Heritage also conduct ecological monitoring to ensure that their management is meeting the ecological goals. In Fitz-Stirling, the ecological monitoring is linked to the Functional Landscape Plan that was developed with other Gondwana Link groups. Bush Heritage Australia has a full time Landscape Manager, Simon Smale, and a part time Ecologist, Angela Sanders, based in Albany. 

 

Birdlife Australia
Birds Australia, now part of Birdlife Australia, is one of the oldest conservation organisations in Australia, and has worked to understand and protect bird habitats since 1901. The records they compile, based on the observations of thousands of volunteers around the country, are one of the most valuable sources of information on long term trends available to conservation planners and managers. Birds Australia also has many significant research projects in place, two of which are of particular significance to Gondwana Link.
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) only occur in south-western Australia and their numbers have been drastically reduced as their natural habitats have been depleted and fragmented. A semi-migratory species that uses two distinct geographical areas, the drier Eucalypt woodlands and the higher rainfall proteaceous heaths and woodlands, at different stages during the year, this bird epitomises the reasoning behind Gondwana Link: protecting and restoring the habitats and processes that will allow this species to continue. The Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Recovery Project is monitoring bird movements and mapping their nesting and feeding sites, as well as assisting land owners to protect or repair habitat on private land. The Project Manager, Raana Scott, has assisted Noongar people to install and monitor artificial hollows in trees on properties in the Fitz-Stirling area of Gondwana Link.
In the Great Western Woodlands, Birdlife Australia is partnering with The Nature Conservancy on a research project to answer two very important questions about bird communities in a temperate woodland: 

  • What does an intact woodland bird fauna look like, and how does it interact with its habitat?
  • How do the birds use this vast area, and are some areas more important than others?
 

Cape to Cape Catchment Group
The Cape to Cape Catchments Group (CCG) is a community group that supports the management of natural resources for a healthy, productive and sustainable future. The CCG works in the area between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin extending inland to include the catchments of waterways flowing to the coast. Their region contains many natural assets including the Margaret River and fourteen stream systems, the Leeuwin-Naturalist Ridge, high species diversity and a spectacular coastline.
They work closely with other groups, including the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and industry groups like the Margaret River Wine Industry Association, and rely on hardy volunteers to implement many of their projects. In 2010, the group began working closely with Gondwana Link to produce a Conservation Action Plan for the Margaret River area and to start building Gondwana Link from the western end.

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
The Fitzgerald Biosphere Group  is a non-profit community group operating within the Shire of Jerramungup in the south of WA. The group focuses on local issues with a very “on-ground” approach, and has projects addressing environment, research, marketing and education to build sustainability into local production systems and the natural environment they depend on.
Some FBG landholders in the Fitz-Stirling region are involved in the Bremer River, Wellstead Estuary and/or Fitzgerald River projects and undertake activities such as:

  • Revegetation using multiple native species
  • Fencing to protect bushland and waterways from stock
  • Weed and feral control

Some of these activities have also been undertaken through the Reconnections project.

 

Friends of Fitzgerald River National Park
The Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park is an independent community group who assist in the upkeep and conservation of the Fitzgerald River National Park. The group is involved in bringing people together to enjoy the park, in raising awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Park and threats to it, and in scientific research. The park is the core area of the Fitzgerald Biosphere Reserve, formed in 1978 under the UNESCO ‘Man and the Biosphere’ program.
Friends’ projects to date include fauna and flora surveys of the Park, biological surveys of the rivers, a fire symposium, production of interpretive information leaflets and signage, a magnificent map of the Park and surroundings, and many events that combine education with enjoying the Park and its surroundings. Recently, they have been leading a campaign to avoid further Phytophthora cinnamomi introductions into the Park, particularly the Fitzgerald Wilderness, through roads and trails.

 

Gnarjl Aboriginal Corporation
Gnarjl represents the Eades family, who are well known across the south west and have significant links to the Jerramungup and Ongerup areas.  Eugene Eades has been the primary driver of a whole range of Noongar and cross cultural programs in the Fitz-Stirling area, largely operated from the Nowanup property.  Eugene's work has become on the great success stories of Gondwana link, and particularly Greening Australia's involvement.  Work is currently underway to provide greater Noongar autonomy and leadership for this work, which has involved a wide range of Noongar families and their Elders.

 

Gillamii Centre
The Gillamii Centre, based in Cranbrook, works primarily across the Frankland and Upper Pallinup catchments on improving understanding and adoption of sustainable land use. The Centre aims to lead and inspire their agricultural community and the community at large to be involved with sustainable land use through training, education and knowledge, encouraging and leading the efficient use of resources across the community while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
Gillamii have worked with another locally-based group, Green Skills, to lead the planning and implementation of activities in the Forests to Stirling zone of Gondwana Link.

Greening Australia
Greening Australia  is a national organization that “engage(s) the community in vegetation management to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes”.
In Gondwana Link, Greening Australia’s focus is on the Fitz-Stirling region where Greening Australia aims to drive large scale, enduring change in the landscape by combining approaches such as land acquisition and restoration, partnerships with local landholders and Noongar communities, and new enterprises such as carbon-funded revegetation and sandalwood.
Major involvement so far has been Greening Australia’s purchase of Nowanup and partnering with Noongar communities in its use as a meeting place and educational resource; the co-purchase with Bush Heritage Australia of the Yarrabee and Peniup properties; and some 1270 ha of revegetation. The largest and most recent of these restoration projects is at Peniup.

Green Skills
Green Skills  has been working since 1989 on “promoting and demonstrating sustainability in action through creation of employment opportunities and the provision of training, research and on-the-ground projects”. Green Skills also manages the Centre for Sustainable Living in Denmark on behalf of the Denmark Education and Innovation Centre.
In Gondwana Link, Green Skills is working to create linkages between the Forest and the Stirling Range. Their work to date has included running community-based workshops to increase awareness of bushland linkages and has involved local governments, landholders and plantation companies across the local Cranbook, Kendenup, Porongurup and Mt Barker communities. As part of their leading role in developing a Conservation Action Plan for the Forests to Stirling Range Link, Green Skills is also consolidating the available science and other knowledge of bushlands through survey, mapping and reports.

Oyster Harbour Catchment Group
The Oyster Harbour Catchment Group Inc. (OHCG) is the key community Natural Resource Management (NRM) group in the Oyster Harbour Catchment area. The group formed in 1992 and consists of concerned farmers, community members and NRM professionals. The group tackles a variety of projects from the fencing of waterways and remnant vegetation, establishing perennial pastures, bush rehabilitation, controlling invasive species and community capacity building.

Pew Environment Group 
The Pew Environment Group is a global environmental advocacy organisation that actively promotes strong conservation policies. Pew applies a range of tools in pursuit of practical, meaningful solutions—including applied science, public education, media and communications, and policy advocacy. In mid-2007, the Pew Environment Group began partnering with local and international organisations across Australia on The Wild Australia Program. This is an ambitious effort to protect millions of hectares of the country’s most important wilderness and tens of thousands of square kilometers of its oceans that hold globally significant biodiversity. Wild Australia currently focuses on four areas of the continent, one of which is the Great Western Woodlands.
The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life.

Ranges Link Group
The Ranges Link group is an informal group of landholders who have lived in and worked for the protection and improvement of the natural environment between the Stirling Range and Porongurup National Parks for many years. TheyTheir membership is drawn from the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, the Friends of Twin Creeks and Friends of Porongurup National Park and have a long history of great works through these groups, as well as work on restoring their own properties. They have developed a Conservation Action Plan for the Ranges Link area with support from Gondwana Link Ltd, and have been undertaking impressive amounts of fencing of remnant vegetation and revegetation.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organisation working in more than 30 countries to protect ecologically important land and water for nature and people. The Conservancy supports a number of large-scale conservation projects across Australia.  Through working with Indigenous groups and other partners they have helped to protect more than 6 million hectares of lands and waters since 2000. The Conservancy’s Australia program was critical in the establishment of Gondwana Link, providing early funding for coordination and property purchase and then a $1 million ‘Spark Fund’ grant for a wide range of programs. The Conservancy’s team of conservation scientists in Australia and around the world have been invaluable in providing advice based on their extensive experience. They continue to provide strategic, business and conservation planning, particularly for work in the Great Western Woodlands.
The Nature Conservancy has also provided support directly to a number of groups involved in Gondwana Link, including Bush Heritage Australia and Greening Australia, to assist with property purchases. In recent years significant financial support has been provided by the Conservancy through its arrangement with The Thomas Foundation.

The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society (TWS) is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth. TWS works through public education and empowerment, advocacy and negotiation, and desk and field research. In the Gondwana Link area, TWS was instrumental in the conservation of the southwest karri and jarrah forests, and for many years have been campaigning for improved protection and management across the 16 million hectares of the Great Western Woodlands.

 

Threshold Environmental
Threshold Environmental Pty. Ltd. provides the full array of services associated with the restoration of native vegetation systems in Australia. Our goal is to return cleared, damaged and degraded land areas to a renewed state of ecological health and biological diversity. Their expertise lies in bridging the gap between scientific theory and on-ground practice. We design innovative, site specific ecological restoration treatments which aim to make best use of natural processes. This approach includes the use of detailed research and planning, as well as meticulous execution in an adaptive management approach.  Theshold and their principal Justin Jonson have been behind many of the large restoration programs in Gondwana Link, particularly in Fitz-Stilring and Ravensthorpe sections of the Link.

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