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Chief Executive announcement

Published 18 Jun 2018 by Gerard O'Neill

At Bush Heritage, we've always been focused on returning the bush to good health. Our work has never been more relevant than now,  a time in which we need to be doing all we can to stand up for the environment.

Our conservation reach has grown by more than two million hectares since this time last year through our combined network of reserves and partnerships, and today we're one of Australia’s largest and most effective conservation organisations. This growth in our conservation reach is benefiting more than 5,932 native species that call the country we protect home. But our impact goes far beyond that.

Working together, our staff and partners are actively improving the health of species and reducing threats.

Red-tailed Phascogales that were translocated to Kojonup Reserve in Western Australia have expanded their range onto neighbouring properties; Night Parrots are breeding on Pullen Pullen in Queensland; and we have reduced an infestation of one of the world’s worst invasive weeds on our Yourka Reserve, which threatened our land and that of the adjoining Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, by more than 90%.

Working side-by-side with Traditional Owners is leading to real and inspiring change. Whether it’s conducting right-way fire programs on traditional lands or collaborating on Healthy Country Plans, we are committed to partnerships that honour the rich living culture of our First Nation's peoples.

Given Bush Heritage’s strong and stable position, I have decided now is the right time for me to step down from my role as Chief Executive. In my seven years at Bush Heritage, I've seen the organisation go from strength-to-strength; since 2011, we have doubled both the area of land we protect and our supporter base. And, although it was a difficult decision to resign, I’m confident that our inspiring and dedicated staff and supporters will keep us firmly on the path towards achieving our vision of Healthy Country, protected forever.

The Board has begun searching for my successor and hopes to make an appointment by the end of 2018. In the meantime, I will continue on in my role as Chief Executive for as long as is required to ensure a smooth transition and handover period.

Chief Executive, Gerard O'Neill Chief Executive, Gerard O'Neill
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