20 years of reserves and partnerships

Published 21 Sep 2011 

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 towers over the Liffey Valley.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 PalmsFan 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.

Peniup ReservePeniup Reserve


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.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. 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.

Staff at our JC Griffin Reserve in Victoria.Bush Heritage staff Jen Grinrod & Jeroen van Veen. Photo: Matthew Newton

June 2011

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 coastWunambal Gaambera coastline. Photo: Peter Morris

July 2011

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.

October 2011

20th Anniversary

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.

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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.


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