Million dollar gift sees new reserves

Amelia Caddy
Published 07 May 2019 
about  Nardoo Hills Reserves John Colahan Griffin Nature Reserve  
Terry and Caroline Bellair with Bush Heritage Victorian Reserves Manager Jeroen van Veen. Photo by Amelia Caddy<br/> Terry and Caroline Bellair with Bush Heritage Victorian Reserves Manager Jeroen van Veen. Photo by Amelia Caddy

Like many people of their age and class, Caroline and Terry Bellair had more money than they felt they needed. Their original plan was to bequest their surplus savings to environmental causes, but they decided it would be far more enjoyable to see it used while they were still alive.

After attending a talk by Bush Heritage Reserve Manager Jeroen van Veen, their mind was made up. They would donate $1 million to help protect and reconnect native bush in north-central Victoria, a landscape that contains critical habitat for many species that are declining throughout much of south-eastern Australia.

Caroline and Terry’s generous donation will ultimately allow Bush Heritage to purchase and protect almost 40% more land in this landscape.

For more information about what’s being done to protect and manage this region, visit our J.C. Griffin and Nardoo Hills reserve pages.

You can also download our Kara Kara-Wedderburn Landscape Plan.

Terry and Caroline Bellair with Bush Heritage Victorian Reserves Manager Jeroen van Veen. Photo by Amelia Caddy<br/> Terry and Caroline Bellair with Bush Heritage Victorian Reserves Manager Jeroen van Veen. Photo by Amelia Caddy