The purchase of Kojonup

Sarah Martin
Published 23 Sep 2014 
about  Kojonup Reserve  
Sarah Martin with an ancient Eucalyptus on Kojonup Reserve.<br/> Sarah Martin with an ancient Eucalyptus on Kojonup Reserve.

Kojonup Reserve brought us back to the early days of Bush Heritage and the story of seventeen year old Margaret Robertson, a Kojonup farmer's daughter who, on leaving boarding school in Perth, took off to Tasmania to join the forest activists protesting against the damming of the Franklin River.

She formed a friendship with Bob Brown and was on the spot when Bush Heritage began in 1990. Later, after she returned to Perth to complete a university degree, she learned that her Kojonup neighbours were trying to sell their property to a conservation group to protect perhaps the only sizeable remnant piece of Wandoo forest in the district.

Although she downplays her role in Bush Heritage's purchase of this property in 1996, it is clear that her enthusiasm and vibrant personality were key to the successful involvement of the whole community in helping save this land.

At only 387 hectares, it is nevertheless important to the Bush Heritage story since it was its first real mainland purchase. Margaret's subsequent marriage to Keith Bradby, Gondwana Link CEO, adds an extra dimension to this connection.