Wills & bequests

Last updated: Wednesday 25 May, 2016

Your power to protect

Liffey Valley Tasmania. Photo Peter MorrisLiffey Valley in Tasmania. Photo Peter Morris.

You have the power to help shape the future of Australia’s natural places – a future where habitat for our extraordinary wildlife and quintessential bush landscapes remain intact.

A gift in your Will, no matter the amount, can make a real difference to the threatened and vulnerable species protected within our reserves and partnership regions.

Naturally you'll want to look after your loved ones first. By including a gift to Bush Heritage you're giving them something extra – the gift of a protected natural world in which they can find joy, peace and wonder.

Your will is important

Everyone should have a Will.

Mareeba rock wallabies. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPixTwo colonies of Mareeba rock wallabies, listed as near threatened in Queensland, have found safe refuge in the rocky outcrops of our Yourka Reserve. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.

A Will gives you the power to choose how your assets can benefit your loved ones and the world you leave behind. Bequests aren't just for the wealthy. Every gift helps protect our wild places forever.

Making a Will need not be complicated or expensive, but you should seek the advice of a legal practitioner to clearly set out the way you intend your estate to be distributed.

It’s also important to review your Will every few years to make sure it still reflects your wishes, especially after a change in your circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child or the sale of property.

You can choose how to leave your gift

Whole or part of your estate

A residual bequest

A specific bequest

A percentage of your estate

Gift in specie

Life interest

 

“It’s empowering and makes me feel good to think I'm able to help save landscapes and species that are threatened or facing extinction. I like being part of an organisation that's actually doing something about it. My life is enhanced by what my gift can achieve.”
– Louise Cahill, supporter for 16 years.

Suggested wording

Once you've decided on the type of bequest you'd like to make, ask your solicitor to draft the appropriate clause. The following wording is a guide only and is subject to your solicitor’s professional legal advice in the preparation of your Will:

“I give:

(a) the residue (or percentage) of the residue of my estate; or
(b) the sum of $(amount); or (specified items)

to BUSH HERITAGE AUSTRALIA (ABN 78 053 639 115) to be held upon Trust and to be applied towards conservation purposes in accordance with the Constitutional objectives of BUSH HERITAGE AUSTRALIA in its absolute discretion to determine.”

A bequest that supports our conservation work in general provides Bush Heritage with the greatest flexibility to respond to critical priorities in the future; however if you have a particular purpose in mind please contact us to discuss your wishes.
 

Please let us know

If you've included Bush Heritage in your Will or are considering it, please let us know so we can thank you properly. It also gives us a chance to welcome you to the Bush Legacy Circle our growing group of bequest supporters.

Contact 1300 628 873 or email bequests@bushheritage.org.au.