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Gondwana Link Ltd

Gondwana Link Ltd  is a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee’ whose membership consists of groups working to achieve the Link. Gondwana Link Ltd was established on 1 August 2009, formalising the collaboration between groups in place since August 2002.  

 

Gondwana Link Ltd is an independent entity; a ‘keeper of the vision’, provider of leadership in achieving the vision and an integrated support network for all involved. Gondwana Link has a Board and a small staff.

 


Functions

Gondwana Link Ltd works with a range of groups and others to achieve the Gondwana Link vision. We have six clear functions: 

  1. High profile. Ensure the ecological vision for Gondwana Link has such a desirable profile and level of recognition that a wide range of organisations and individuals want to contribute, and continue contributing, to the work of achieving that vision. 
  2. Funds to achieve tangible outcomes. Work independently and with organisations and individuals to ensure a steady stream of funding and benefits are available to those working to achieve essential parts of the ecological vision for Gondwana Link, with the end result of exponential progress being made against clear targets.
  3. Clear standards. Provide clear ecologically based standards and measures of success to guide the range of work underway and ensure maximum effectiveness in achieving the overall vision.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation. Establish and operate transparent evaluation processes that enable ready evaluation of the relative worth of various projects and their contribution towards achieving whole of Link objectives. 
  5. Critical gaps filled. Identify key gaps in the range of work underway to achieve Gondwana Link and work to fill those gaps effectively but with minimal ongoing role for Gondwana Link Ltd (i.e. attract new groups or incubate a defined role then exit). 
  6. Continuity. Enable the collective effort to survive the ups and downs of area specific or group specific work by ensuring that Gondwana Link Ltd is viable and fully functional into the future so it can continue to provide leadership, support, guidance, strategic direction and agreed standards.

Principles

“Values-led conservation is ... founded on the recognition that action to protect nature happens when arguments are framed in terms that resonate with the combination of imagination, feelings and rationality that guide decision making in people’s everyday lives” (Midgley (2001) Gaia

Our principles encompass both the basic assumptions underpinning Gondwana Link, and the standards we apply to our work. These are summarised below:

  1. A vastly increased scale of conservation action is essential.   
  2. Long term conservation requires the repair of ecological functions and strengthening of resilience and change across all scales and sectors of society. 
  3. There is no single solution – environmental diversity requires diversity in approaches.   
  4. All steps taken should be useful in themselves, with the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. 
  5. Actions should be informed by the best available evidence-based science interpreted through experience and common sense.  
  6. Use ongoing and highly adaptive processes rather than pre-determined conservation area designs and strategies.  
  7. Clarity on objectives and processes is essential for efficient integration.   

Structure

Gondwana Link Ltd is a not for profit public company limited by guarantee and registered under the Corporations Act (2001). As a Limited Company we are subject to the scrutiny of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and are subject to annual audit.

Note that a Science Advisory Group is not currently formally functioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The upper reaches of the Margaret River. Photo courtesy Nature Conservation Margaret River Region.

 

Banksia coccinea or scarlet banksia. Photo Amanda Keesing

 

 

 

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region are romping ahead with Western Ringtail Possum conservation including surveying of the river foreshores and significant habitat enhancement. Photo Boyd Wykes.

 

 

 

Eddy and Donna Wajon, with Barry Heydenrych, amoungst the revegetation on their property Chingarrup Sanctuary.

 

 

Erosion control to stop tonnes of sand entering a creek at the bottom of the hill.

 

Foreshore planting along the Margaret River. Photo courtesy Nature Conservation Margaret River Region.

 

 

 

 

Keith Bradby and Fred Powell sharing their local knowledge.

 

Jerramungup High School students volunteer to build reptile habitat from unwanted building materials.

 

 

The western, wetter end of the link

 

 

Across south-western Australia

 

Where natural habitat is more fragmented

 

How we tackle the work

 

 

 

The world's largest remaining temperate woodland. Explore the work of the Photo. Jo Bel

 

 

Explore the work undertaken in the areas where the Karri, Jarrah and Marri grow.

 

 

The largest temperate woodland in the world

 

How we tackle the work

 

 

Our learnings and achievements

 

Across south-western Australia

 

 

 

 

‘River Walk’ Field Day. Basil Schur and Diane Harwood discuss rehabilitating riparian zones with Denmark Community. Photo Shaun Ossinger, WICC.

 

Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee Annual Fox Shoot 2018. Dispatched 126 foxes, 17 cats and 66 rabbits. Photo Shaun Ossinger, WICC.

 

Denmark College of Agriculture students planting native seedlings along a creek line to establish a wildlife corridor. Photo Mark Parre, 3 August 2018

 

There are a range of vegetation types across the Forest to Stirlings area. This is a jarrah-wandoo open woodland. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Across this region are strings of lake systems. Some are fresh, many are naturally salty. All are important habitat including for migratory bird species. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Planting around the wetlands and lakes helps protect and strengthen their habitat values. Wetlands are fragile and management is often needed to ensure their ongoing health. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Here is one of the healthy bandicoots living in the Balijup feral proof sanctuary. There is regular monitoring to check on their health and breeding. Photo Basil Schur

 

This is the predator proof fence around the wildlife sanctuary at Balijup near Tenterden. I has a floppy top which stops foxes and cats climbing over the top. Photo Basil Schur.

 

Breakaway country in the Stirling to Fitzgerald landscape. And on top a rare eucalypt. This region is a hotspot of biodiversity - even richer that the renowned Stirling Range. Photo Jiri Lochman.

 

Gondwana Link - reconnected country across 1,000 km of the SW corner of Australia, an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.

 

 

The coastline of the Manypeaks area is spectacular with granite domes, stunning beaches and extremely diverse vegetation. Photo Cary Nicholas.

 

Typical mallee heath with proteaceous species (eg banksias) which are highly evolved and flourish into this country. Photo Chinch Gryniewicz.

 

 

 

 

Russula cyanoxantha. Painted by Katrina Syme

 

Simon Judd checks for isopods under a jarrah stump.

 

 

Eucalyptus vesiculosa or Red-flowering moort has a very limited distribution. Restoration work has protected exiting stands and expanded the populations of this beautiful eucalypt. Photo Jiri Lochman.

 

 

This map of the remaining vegetation in SW Western Australia shows the connected bushland and the habitat gaps across Gondwana Link. Here is our best opportunity to relink ecosystems from east to west.

 

The range of flowers in the Manypeaks varied vegetation systems is astounding. This yellow Pimelea in the heathlands and scrubby mallee waves around in the wind and catches your attention.

 

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos love the Marri nuts. They hold the nuts in one claw and uses their very strong beaks to extract the seeds.

 

Cropping and running stock occurs across much of the Manypeaks region. This is a canola crop.

 

One of the many beautiful eucalypts that grow in the link. Photo Katie Syme.

 

This is an example of the heathlands found in parts of the region. Low shrubs with emerging Banksia coccinea - the scarlet banksia.

 

Humidicutis viridimagentea. Painted by Katrina Syme.

 

Noongar women visiting Nowanup. There are four generations from one family in the image. Gondwana Link strives to give the traditional owner the opportunity to use and manage country. Photo Amanda Keesing

 

National Tree day volunteers in our first year. Gondwana Link is many groups and individuals working together to achieve a shared vision.

 

Farmland north of the Stirling Range. People and their businesses are part of the landscape. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

Aerial view showing the bushland and revegetation on the property Yarrabee at the base of the Stirling Range. Photo David Freudenberger.

 

 

There are some weird and wacky plants in the region - here is one of them. Acacia glaucoptera. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

This cute honey possum needs nectar all year round. This means that in it's habitat something is flowering at all times of the year. Photo Amanda Keesing.

 

 

Some birds can fly long distances over disturbed areas. Others like the blue wren will only fly a few meters across cleared spaces. So habitat connectivity is different for different species. Photo Raana Scott.

 

Some of the many and varied fungi to be found across Gondwana Link. Photo Katrina Syme

 

 

The stunning Splendid Wren does not like to fly across cleared areas - it likes bush patches close together. Photo Shaun Welsh.

 

Restoration on Yarrabee just east of the Stirlings. Some locals feel this land and neighbouring blocks should never have been cleared as they are agriculturally low productivity. Gondwana Link are delighted to return the property to nature.

 

 

Environmental supporters. Photo: Amanda Keesing

 

Photo: AK

 

Lotterywest present a cheque to support the Knowledge Connection project, 2006. Photo: Amanda Keesing

 

Photo: Pam Lumsden

 

Gondwana Link receive a donation raised in New York through G'Day USA, 2007, arranged through The Nature Conservancy and delivered by their then CEO Steve McCormack.

 

Here is the same place 9 years later. Photo Amanda Keesing.