Here are a few of the many achievements made possible over the years by our supporters. None of this would have been possible without their generousity.
Drys Bluff over Liffey Reserve. Photo: Wayne Lawler
11 October 1991
Bush Heritage founded
The Australian Bush Heritage Fund is founded, a year after Bob Brown purchased and saved two bush blocks destined for woodchips. Liffey Reserve, Tasmania
Fan palms. Photo: Steven Nowakowski
Fan Palm Reserve purchased
Bush Heritage elevates its profile from local to national with the purchase of Fan Palm Reserve, Queensland.
Bush Heritage endorsed by Australian Government
Bush Heritage’s role as a conservation group that complements the national parks system is endorsed by the extension of the federal government’s National Reserve System to non-government organisations like Bush Heritage.
Gondwana Link partnership begins
Bush Heritage first explores the conservation potential of partnerships with other landowners, through its role as a founding partner in Gondwana Link, Western Australia.
Carnarvon landscape. Photo: Wayne Lawler
Carnarvon Station Reserve purchased
Bush Heritage solidifies its national approach to conservation with the purchase of Carnarvon Station Reserve, its first large-scale property. The purchase brings our reserve portfolio to a total of 12 and increases our reserve estate thirty-fold to 61 345 hectares. The organisation’s first full-time reserve managers arrive at Carnarvon.
The Bidjara dance group, inspired by founders Rusty and Lionel Fraser, dance a welcome ceremony, marking a return to their traditional homelands at Carnarvon Station Reserve in 2004. Photo Ken Womack
Bidjara partnership begins
Bush Heritage initiates its first partnership with indigenous landowners, the Bidjara people at Carnarvon Station Reserve, recognising the role of traditional owners in conservation. The Bidjara people dance on their traditional lands for the first time in decades.
'Anchors on the Landscape' strategy released
Bush Heritage outlines its strategic approach to conservation through “Anchors in the Landscape”, a strategy which prioritises specific “anchor” regions for protection. Bush Heritage opens its head office in Melbourne with a national staff of 15 employees, including 4 on-site reserve managers and 2 on-ground scientists, with 17 reserves and 375 118 hectares under its management. The organisation is renamed Bush Heritage Australia in 2006.
Vision for 2025 announced
Bush Heritage sets out on its vision of protecting 1% of Australia by 2025.
Bush Heritage staff Jen Grinrod & Jeroen van Veen. Photo: Matthew Newton
John Colahan Griffin Nature Reserve purchased
The John Colahan Griffin Nature Reserve, a 96-hectare property in central Victoria, becomes Bush Heritage’s newest and 34th reserve, thanks to a generous bequest.
Wunambal Gaambera coastline. Photo: Peter Morris
Wunambal Gaambera partnership begins
Bush Heritage signs a ten-year agreement with the Wunambal Gaambera people in the remote Kimberley region, a ground‑breaking partnership for Australian conservation.
Bush Heritage Australia celebrates its 20th anniversary with a staff of 76 employees, an operating budget of more than $10 million and a portfolio of 34 reserves which protect 947 493 hectares.
Thanks to all our wonderful supporters who filled out our survey in July and shared their stories of the Australian Bush. We'll be using these to create a page of our supporters' stories.