Prestigious Churchill Fellowship awarded to Bush Heritage’s Rob Murphy

on 15 Jul 2015 

Bush Heritage’s Executive Manager for North Australia, Rob Murphy, is heading to the USA, Netherlands and South Africa next year to assess the role of the private sector in delivering Protected Area conservation management, thanks to a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. 

Awarded once every four years, the Lamington National Park Churchill Fellowship will provide Rob with the opportunity to conduct research in his chosen field, an opportunity not readily available in Australia.

Over eight weeks, Rob will be examining leading conservation organisations within these countries to learn more about their structure, legislative and political frameworks, levels of community involvement in decision making, and mechanisms for developing sustainable income streams.

As someone who is passionate about the ability of protected areas to enrich lives, and their role in protecting significant natural and cultural values, Rob says the Fellowship is both a great privilege and responsibility, and will provide him with an opportunity to bring to Bush Heritage invaluable knowledge that will benefit the organisation’s future development.

Bush Heritage currently holds the largest estate of private Nature Refuges in Queensland, with eight Bush Heritage reserves covering more than 500,000 hectares of land of high conservation value protected under Nature Refuge agreements.

Rob is very appreciative of previous Churchill Fellow Mr Tony Groom, who spearheaded the public fundraising drive in 1990 in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Lamington National Park, so as to fund a Churchill Fellowship every four years in perpetuity.

The team at Bush Heritage is delighted that Rob’s interest in this area of work has been rewarded, and we wish him well and look forward to learning about the results of his research on his return.