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Our plan, values & constitution

We plan to reverse the damage caused to the Australian bush and improve the health of plants, animals, water, soil and Aboriginal cultural values.

Our plan (2019-22)

Our vision is to return the bush to good health.
We plan to do this through:

1. Landscape scale conservation management

Objectives: Threats to species, habitats and cultural values are managed, reduced or eliminated. Impact is expanded through our priority landscapes. Traditional Owner connection with Country is acknowledged and integrated in our work.

To achieve this we'll:

  1. Acquire land, targeting our national conservation priorities.
  2. Partner with Traditional Owners to support their aspirations.
  3. Partner with landowners, relevant organisations and local communities to expand our impact.
  4. Manage our reserves and safeguard their long-term protection.
  5. Communicate and share our impact and learnings.
PHD researchers Al Healy & Nick Leseberg at Pullen Pullen Reserve. Photo Lachlan Gardiner.

2. Science and knowledge

Objectives: Positive outcomes for conservation and right way approaches to science have been influenced nationally. Traditional Owner, academic and community knowledge and approaches are brought together.

To achieve this we'll:

  1. Work with our Aboriginal and other partners to influence across conservation, academic and government sectors.
  2. Use a Right Way Science approach to build understanding, addressing knowledge gaps and identify new conservation solutions.
  3. Expand and apply shared knowledge through research collaboration and mentoring future scientists and land managers.
A Red-tailed Phascogale at Kojonup Reserve. Photo Nic Duncan.

3. Engage and inspire

Objective: Grow support for the conservation of Australia’s environment and recognition of Aboriginal connection to Country.

To achieve this we'll:

  1. Educate and empower Australian and international communities to inspire support for conservation and Traditional Owner aspirations for Country.
  2. Develop meaningful, long-term relationships with our supporter, partner and volunteer communities and provide diverse opportunities to connect with the bush.
Annelie Holden at the Round House.

4. Resilience and capability

Objectives: Our annual revenue is increaseing, sustainable and poised for more growth. Our people are engaged and safe, our technology is evolved and secure, our governance effective and our Capital Fund strong.

To achieve this we'll:

  1. Build a balanced and resilient income model.
  2. Develop new and innovative conservation-focused income producing opportunities.
  3. Foster a culturally-competent, values driven, diverse, collaborative and skilled workforce.
  4. Support continuously improving, positive safety culture.
  5. Implement improved systems and technology to support being informed and working together from anywhere.
  6. Ensure our operations are sustainable, well-governed and protected.
Solar panels at Ethabuka Reserve. Photo Alex Kutt.

Our values

Leanne and Paul Hales with family.

Leanne and Paul Hales with family, who have grown up with Bush Heritage.

The way that we work is informed by our agreed values:

  • Conservation
    Protected, connected landscapes and waterways for plants, animals and people.
  • Collaborate 
    We collaborate with Traditional Owners, other land owners, scientists, government, organisations and communities for the greatest impact. 
  • Community
    Together we're an active and dedicated mosaic of staff, volunteers, partners, and supporters working for a common goal.
  • Culture
    Respect for diversity, each other and acknowledgement of Traditional Owners’ enduring relationship to this land and waters.
  • Safety
    Healthy people, healthy country

For more details on how we operate Portable Document File (PDF)download a full copy of Our Constitution (443kb).