Life membership is an honour awarded by Bush Heritage to individuals who have made exceptional contributions toward our work protecting Australia's natural heritage. We thank the following life members for their extraordinary commitment.
Phillip Toyne AO
For his inspirational leadership of the Board in his role as President (2001-2009), continuing support of Bush Heritage and work in the conservation and indigenous sectors.
Dr Bob Brown
In appreciation of his outstanding contribution in the establishment of Australian Bush Heritage Fund in 1991 and his continuing involvement in Bush Heritage since then as President and Patron.
Bob founded Bush heritage Australia when he used used $49,000 awarded to him as recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize to make a down payment on blocks of forest in the Liffey Valley that were being marketed as ideal for logging. The campaign to pay off the remaining $200,000 loan was the birth of The Australian Bush Heritage Fund and those blocks are now our Liffey River and Dry's Bluff Reserves.
Judy Henderson AO
In appreciation of her outstanding contribution in the establishment of Australian Bush Heritage Fund in 1991 and her continuing involvement in Bush Heritage.
Judy was a founding member and director of Bush Heritage. From 1990 when Bob Brown first put a deposit on the two Liffey blocks, Judy played a crucial role in ensuring that these properties were protected forever through the formation of Bush Heritage. While ably assisted by others, it was Judy who did much of the challenging and detailed work required to secure the blocks, establish Bush Heritage’s legal, tax and administrative structure and negotiate personal loans and mortgage funding from Australian Ethical Investments to fund the Liffey acquisitions.
In appreciation of his outstanding support as volunteer ranger during Bush Heritage's early days of large property acquisition.