Life membership is an honour awarded to a handful of special people who've made exceptional contributions to the success of Bush Heritage. We thank the following life members for their extraordinary commitment.
Karen Alexander OAM
In recognition of Karen’s contribution to strategy development, staffing capacity, management and governance in our formative years. During her time as President (1996-2000), Karen oversaw our transition to an organisation of national prominence and scale. She also led the way in recognising the importance of partnerships that are now such a significant part of our work.
Phillip Toyne AO
For his inspirational leadership of the Board as President (2001-09), his continued support of Bush Heritage and work in the conservation and indigenous sectors.
Dr Bob Brown
In appreciation of his outstanding contribution in establishing the Australian Bush Heritage Fund in 1991 and his continuing involvement since as President and Patron.
Bob founded Bush Heritage Australia when he used used $49,000 awarded to him as recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize to make a down payment on blocks of forest in the Liffey Valley that were destined for logging. The campaign to pay off the remaining loan was the birth of The Australian Bush Heritage Fund and those blocks are now our Liffey River and Dry's Bluff Reserves.
Judy Henderson AO
Judy was a founding member and director of Bush Heritage. From 1990 when Bob Brown first put a deposit on the two Liffey blocks, Judy played a crucial role in ensuring that these properties were protected forever through the formation of Bush Heritage. While ably assisted by others, it was Judy who did much of the challenging and detailed work required to secure the blocks, establish Bush Heritage’s legal, tax and administrative structure and negotiate personal loans and mortgage funding from Australian Ethical Investments to fund the Liffey acquisitions.
In appreciation of his outstanding support as volunteer ranger during Bush Heritage's early days of large property acquisition.