Jill and Doug Humann, with Gerard O'Neill.
I'm pleased to introduce a new name for the newsletter with this edition – Bush Tracks – to go along with the extended format.
It's often the tell‑tale tracks left by animals that help us identify their presence. The name also reflects a focus on leaving our own positive imprint – and we are doing so, as ecology reports show. We hope these connections resonate as we keep you up‑to‑date with our progress.
A major breaking story is our campaign to protect an exciting new addition to our Gondwana Link reserves. Monjebup Creek, a 1,000 hectare woodland property, is right in the heart of the Fitz‑Stirling biodiversity hotspot.
We expect its remnant habitats, which are in outstanding condition, to house populations of tammar wallaby, malleefowl, western whipbird and honey possum among many others. We have a very generous family in Western Australia to thank for the foundation donation that kick‑started this campaign.
Another recent highlight was the recognition of my predecessor, Doug Humann, in this year's Australia Day honours list. Doug was made a member (AM) in the general division of the order of Australia "for significant service to conservation and the environment."
Doug is still active in the field as a consultant, and also has a role providing land management advice to the Indigenous communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankumytjatjara Lands in South Australia.
We recently hosted Doug, his wife Jill and their family to celebrate and reflect on their contribution to conservation in Australia. I'm sure that I speak for many of you when I say to Doug and his family, congratulations and well done!
In other news, we were pleased to be recognised as one of the ten finalists in the revenue $5m to $30m category in the 2013 PwC Transparency Awards for the quality and transparency of our reporting.
This confirms we're among industry leaders in the quality of our governance, management and accountability. By extension, our supporters can be confident funds are used to the best conservation advantage.
Finally, this edition contains an insight into our strategy and vision – newly identified ‘priority landscapes' are set out and explained in the centre spread.
Our plan is to focus our efforts in these areas of high conservation value and low protection, where we can really make a difference.
I hope you enjoy this insight and other news of our progress in this edition. There are plenty of good signs in here that we're on the right track.
Gerard O'Neill, CEO