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Gondwana Link Ltd

Gondwana Link Ltd is a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee’ whose membership consists of groups working to achieve the Link. Gondwana Link Ltd was established on 1 August 2009, formalising the collaboration between groups in place since August 2002. Gondwana Link Ltd is an independent entity; a ‘keeper of the vision’, provider of leadership in achieving the vision and an integrated support network for all involved. Gondwana Link has a Board and a small staff.

Objects

Under our Constitution:

‘The company is established for the public charitable purposes of protecting and restoring the natural environment across south-western Australia from the wet forests to the edge of the Nullarbor by, without limitation:

    • supporting the conduct of research;
    • promoting ongoing learning and informed debate about good ecological practices and policies;
    • guiding and supporting activities in the area, including development of plans for specific operational areas; and
    • developing, holding, maintaining and disseminating information and data on the area.

This wording was deliberately designed to give us a broad range of ability to act wherever the opportunity to achieve our core purpose was greatest.


Functions

Gondwana Link Ltd. works with a range of groups and others to achieve the Gondwana Link vision. We have six clear functions:

  1. High profile. Ensure the ecological vision for Gondwana Link has such a desirable profile and level of recognition that a wide range of organisations and individuals want to contribute and continue contributing, to the work of achieving that vision.

  2. Funds to achieve tangible outcomes. Work independently and with organisations and individuals to ensure a steady stream of funding and benefits are available to those working to achieve essential parts of the ecological vision for Gondwana Link, with the end result of exponential progress being made against clear targets.
  3. Clear standards. Provide clear ecologically-based standards and measures of success to guide the range of work underway and ensure maximum effectiveness in achieving the overall vision.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation. Establish and operate transparent evaluation processes that enable ready evaluation of the relative worth of various projects and their contribution towards achieving whole of Link objectives.
  5. Critical gaps filled. Identify key gaps in the range of work underway to achieve Gondwana Link and work to fill those gaps effectively but with a minimal ongoing role for Gondwana Link Ltd (i.e. attract new groups or incubate a defined role then exit).
  6. Continuity. Enable the collective effort to survive the ups and downs of area-specific or group-specific work by ensuring that Gondwana Link Ltd is viable and fully functional into the future so it can continue to provide leadership, support, guidance, strategic direction and agreed-on standards.


Principles

“Values-led conservation is … founded on the recognition that action to protect nature happens when arguments are framed in terms that resonate with the combination of imagination, feelings and rationality that guide decision making in people’s everyday lives”.   Gaia, the next big idea. Mary Midgley (2001). London.

Our principles encompass both the basic assumptions underpinning Gondwana Link and the standards we apply to our work. They are:

  1. A vastly increased scale of conservation action is essential.
  2. Long term conservation requires the repair of ecological functions and strengthening of resilience and change across all scales and sectors of society.
  3. There is no single solution – environmental diversity requires diversity in approaches.
  4. All steps taken should be useful in themselves, with the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
  5. Actions should be informed by the best available evidence-based science interpreted through experience and common sense.
  6. Use ongoing and highly adaptive processes rather than pre-determined conservation area designs and strategies.
  7. Clarity on objectives and processes is essential for efficient integration.

Our staff

  • Keith Bradby OAM <br> Chief Executive Officer

    Keith Bradby OAM
    Chief Executive Officer

    Keith has worked directly for three State Cabinet Ministers – across the political divide. As a public servant in the 1990s he managed and reformed the Peel-Harvey catchment program and drove the process that ended large scale land clearing for agriculture in south-western Australia. He has consulted to emerging large landscape efforts in New Zealand, southern Africa and Mexico and is Deputy Chair of the National Landcare Network. He was instrumental in establishing Gondwana Link in 2002 and has led the program since.

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  • Jim Underwood <br> Nowanup Program Coordinator

    Jim Underwood
    Nowanup Program Coordinator

    After a 17-year career of conservation research into the resilience of coral reefs, Jim has recently moved his focus back onto the land to apply his understanding of connectivity and ecosystem health with the Gondwana Link team. Jim spent much of his early life growing up on Mt Gibson Station and managed its transition from a pastoral operation to a wildlife sanctuary, so this love and care for the open semi-arid country is now being re-ignited.

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  • Jillian Siegert <br> Finance Manager

    Jillian Siegert
    Finance Manager

    Jillian takes care of the finances and plays a key role in managing the Nowanup Rangers program. She is cheerful and capable and will tackle anything that needs doing.

Our Board

  • Virginia Young, Chair

    Virginia Young, Chair

    Virginia has been involved in successful environmental campaigns across Australia since the late 1980s. Prior to this she ran the mining section of the Foreign Investment Division in the Federal Treasury and then her own business. She pioneered a continental scale approach to nature conservation in Australia, called ‘Wild Country’ and has also played a leading role as the Wilderness Society’s National Forest Campaign Co-ordinator in the difficult arena of protecting Australia’s native forests. She has been involved in international climate processes and campaigns since 2007.

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  • Louise Duxbury

    Louise Duxbury

    Louise has a PhD Sustainability and Technology Policy Murdoch University. She is a sustainability practitioner and facilitator with thirty years experience in facilitating, developing and implementing environmental initiatives across the Great Southern region and beyond. Louise has worked with all sectors of the South Coast community delivering education and training and projects that build understanding and appreciation of the deep connections between people and places that underpin our social, economic and spiritual wellbeing.

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  • John Holley

    John Holley

    John has worked for over 30 years with the WA public service including more than 20 years in landcare and natural resource management. As the director of the State NRM Office for 12 years before he retired in early 2018, he strongly advocated for and argued for the funding of landcare and community-based NRM in WA and nationally. He also helped the South African government establish its landcare program in 1999. Since retirement, John has continued his interest in landcare and is keeping busy as a member of several landcare groups.

  • Peter Luscombe

    Peter Luscombe

    Peter has a long history as a practitioner in natural ecosystem management and rehabilitation. He actively promotes environmentally acceptable and economically viable agriculture through example. He is an active member of the Ranges Link group and his property is a pivotal stepping stone in that link.

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By donating to Gondwana Link you will be helping us to reconnect country across 1,000km of south-western Australia.