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Who's Involved

Like the remarkable ecosystems of Gondwana Link, the groups and individuals involved in achieving the Gondwana Link vision are diverse and broad in scope. Most work in specific sections of the Link, though some organisations support work across multiple sections.

Actively Involved

A number of organisations and individuals are very actively involved in the Gondwana Link. Key groups we work closely with include: 

Some of these groups are also formal members of Gondwana Link Ltd, and some we have formal contracts and MoUs with. 

Some of the local heroes

It seems unfair to pluck the names of just a few individuals out of from the many hundreds we have worked with, so we are going to add to this list in the near future.  We have a specific project underway to video record and share the stories of many of the great locals it has been our pleasure to support and be supported by.  

  • Eddy and Donna Wajon  
  • Bill and Jane Thompson
  • Alison Lullfitz
  • Peter and Susie Luscombe
  • Sylvia Leighton

There are many other individuals who are actively contributing to the Gondwana Link program. Donors contribute significant financial resources. Volunteers contribute their time and energy, especially to help the groups involved in Gondwana Link to implement important projects on the ground, through assisting with research and property management.

Find out more about how you can be involved.

Organisations in depth


Bush Heritage Australia 

Bush Heritage Australia is a national non-profit organisation that protects Australia’s unique animals, plants and their habitats by acquiring and managing land of outstanding conservation value, or by working in partnership with other landowners.

Since 2002, within Gondwana Link Bush Heritage have purchased Chereninup, Monjebup and Red Moort reserves, and have co-purchased Yarrabee and Peniup with Greening Australia. All of these properties contain significant areas of existing or regenerating bushland, but areas have also been replanted to local native species. Once purchased and restored, the properties require on-going management for control of weeds, feral animals and wildfire, as well as ecological monitoring to ensure that the management is meeting the ecological goals. 

Birdlife Australia

One of Australia’s oldest conservation organisations Birdlife has worked to understand and protect bird habitats since 1901. The records they compile, based on the observations of thousands of volunteers around the country, are one of the most valuable sources of information on long term trends available to conservation planners and managers.

Birds Australia also has many significant research projects in place, two of which are of particular significance to Gondwana Link: one on Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) a bird that epitomises Gondwana Link: protecting and restoring the habitats and processes that will allow this species to continue. In the Great Western Woodlands, Birdlife Australia is partnering with The Nature Conservancy on a significant research project. 

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group

The Fitzgerald Biosphere Group focuses on local issues with a very “on-ground” approach, and has projects addressing environment, research, marketing and education to build sustainability into local production systems and the natural environment.

Some FBG landholders in the Fitz-Stirling region are involved in the Bremer River, Wellstead Estuary and/or Fitzgerald River projects and undertake activities such as revegetation using multiple native species, fencing to protect bushland and waterways from stock, and weed and feral control. 


Friends of Fitzgerald River National Park

The Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park assist in the upkeep and conservation of this remarkable national park. The group is involved in bringing people together to enjoy the park, in raising awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Park and threats to it, and in scientific research.

To date the group has conducted fauna and flora surveys of the Park, biological surveys of the rivers, a fire symposium, production of maps, interpretive information leaflets and signage, and leading a campaign to avoid further Phytophthora cinnamomi introductions into the Park. 


Friends of the Porongurup Range

The Friends of the Porongurup Range is a volunteer organisation of active and dynamic members who share a common interest in protecting the Porongurup National Park and surrounding area by assisting in its upkeep and conservation.

The 511 hectare (1260 acres) Twin Creeks Community Conservation Reserve was purchased by the Friends of the Porongurup Range in 2004 to preserve and protect the remnant vegetation which contains a rich diversity of plant species. 

Greening Australia

Greening Australia is a national organisation that “engage(s) the community in vegetation management to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes”.

In Gondwana Link, Greening Australia’s focus is on the Fitz-Stirling region where the aim is to drive large scale, enduring change in the landscape by combining approaches such as land acquisition and restoration (e.g. Yarrabee and Peniup in partnership with Bush Heritage Australia), partnerships with local landholders and Noongar communities (e.g. Nowanup), revegetation and new enterprises such as carbon-funded revegetation and sandalwood. 

Green Skills

Green Skills has been working since 1989 on “promoting and demonstrating sustainability in action through creation of employment opportunities and the provision of training, research and on-the-ground projects”.

In Gondwana Link, Green Skills is working to create linkages between the Forest and the Stirling Range, has developed the Balijup Fauna Sanctuary, restoring wetlands through the Living Lakes of Gondwana project and encouraging art and environment connections through a range of projects. 

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth. TWS works through public education and empowerment, advocacy and negotiation, and desk and field research.

In Gondwana Link, TWS was instrumental in the conservation of the southwest karri and jarrah forests, and for many years have been campaigning for improved protection and management across the 16 million hectares of the Great Western Woodlands. 


Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee

WICC is a non profit, community run corporation committed to promoting land use practices that protect our environments, natural and cultural heritage, biodiversity and agricultural resource base through education; the promotion and facilitation of sustainable landuse; capacity building; and recognising and rewarding best practice.

WICC has received funds from the State Natural Resource Management Office to assist landholder to implement the Lindesay Link Conservation Action Plan. 

Gillamii Centre

The Gillamii Centre, based in Cranbrook, works across the Frankland and Upper Pallinup catchments. It aims to improve understanding and adoption of sustainable land use through training, education and knowledge, encouraging and leading the efficient use of resources across the community while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

Gillamii have worked with another locally-based group, Green Skills, to lead the planning and implementation of activities in the Forests to Stirling zone of Gondwana Link. 

Nature Conservation Margaret River

Nature Conservation was established in 2002 and is one of six natural resource management groups operating in the south west of Western Australia. Originally known as the Cape to Cape Catchments Group, its activities evolved over time from a specific focus on the health of rivers and creeks to encompass the protection of all biodiversity values in the Margaret River region.

In 2010, the group began working closely with Gondwana Link to produce a Conservation Action Plan for the Margaret River area and to start building Gondwana Link from the western end.

Oyster Harbour Catchment Group

The Oyster Harbour Catchment Group Inc. is the key community Natural Resource Management (NRM) group in the Oyster Harbour Catchment area. The group formed in 1992 and consists of concerned farmers, community members and NRM professionals.

The group tackles a variety of projects from the fencing of waterways and remnant vegetation, establishing perennial pastures, bush rehabilitation, controlling invasive species and community capacity building.

Pew Environment Group

The Pew Environment Group is a global environmental advocacy organisation that actively promotes strong conservation policies. Pew applies a range of tools in pursuit of practical, meaningful solutions—including applied science, public education, media and communications, and policy advocacy.

In mid-2007, the Pew Environment Group began partnering with local and international organisations on The Wild Australia Program, to protect millions of hectares of the country’s most important wilderness. One of the four areas of focus is the Great Western Woodlands.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organisation working in more than 30 countries to protect ecologically important land and water for nature and people. The Conservancy supports a number of large-scale conservation projects across Australia.

The Conservancy’s Australia program was critical in the establishment of Gondwana Link, providing early funding for coordination and property purchase and then a $1 million ‘Spark Fund’ grant for a wide range of programs. The Conservancy’s team continue to provide strategic, business and conservation planning, particularly for work in the Great Western Woodlands. The Nature Conservancy has also provided support directly to a number of groups involved in Gondwana Link, including Bush Heritage Australia and Greening Australia, to assist with property purchases.


Threshold Environmental

Threshold Environmental Pty. Ltd. provides the full array of services associated with the restoration of native vegetation systems in Australia. Their goal is to return cleared, damaged and degraded land areas to a renewed state of ecological health and biological diversity.

They design innovative, site specific ecological restoration treatments which aim to make best use of natural processes. Threshold and their principal Justin Jonson have been behind many of the large restoration programs in Gondwana Link, particularly in Fitz-Stirling and Ravensthorpe sections of the Link.


Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

Established in 2008, AEGN is a member based organisation that aims to help members become more effective environmental grantmakers through information sharing, collaboration and networking. They also aim to grow the amount of philanthropic funds going to the environment within Australia.


Conservation Council of WA

CCWA is the state’s foremost non-profit, non-government conservation organisation. They are a small team of mostly part time staff and volunteers, with an Executive Committee. Together, they represent more than 100 environmental organisations across Western Australia, which have joined as Member Groups.


Environmental Defenders Office WA

The Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia (EDOWA) is a not-for-profit and non-government organisation that specialises in public interest environmental law.


Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation

The Traditional Owners of a large part of the Great Western Woodlands, the Ngadju People, retain their knowledge of and connection to country. Ngadju Conservation is working with the Ngadju community to increase the understanding of conservation and land management opportunities and assist in building capacity to achieve them.


WA Landcare Network

The WA Landcare Network Inc (WALN) is the peak state landcare body established to represent and support landcare groups across the state and at the national level. WALN is effectively owned by grassroots landcarers. The operation of WALN is focused on providing improved support, coordination and capacity building to landcare groups and increasing landcare’s input into NRM decision making.


World Commission on Protected Areas - Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group

IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group links landscapes, reducing fragmentation and enabling migratory flows essential to a functioning and resilient system.


Yarramoup Aboriginal Corporation 

Yarramoup Aboriginal Corporation was established in the early 1990’s and based in the Great Southern region of WA. Yarramoup is the Noongar name for Jerramungup, and the group have been doing great work with the Nowanup rangers and other key families to map and manage key cultural sites in the area.


A little on some of the local heros

Eddy and Donna Wajon

Eddy and Donna purchased their first property Chingarrup Sanctuary in Boxwood Hill back in 2002. They followed this by purchasing Mondurup View in Tenterden and are actively managing both properties for conservation.


Bill and Jane Thompson

Bill and Jane bought Yarraweyah Falls, a botanically-rich 1,500 hectare property adjoining two reserves owned by Bush Heritage Trust. Since buying Yarraweyah Falls in 2012, the Thompsons have restored 100 hectares of cleared land, which started with handcollecting the seeds of more than 200 local native plant species based on advice from Bush Heritage.




Paula Deegan and the Ranges Link group working on their conservation plan. This group always include scone, jam and cream in their planning sessions.Photo courtesy Paula Deegan.


Planning in the early days (2004). Since then mapping and the availability of spatial datasets has improved enormously. Photo Nathan McQuoid.



Karri trees beside the Frankland River.







Giant Tingle trees only grow in a small region of the forest zone where the soil types, cool southern slopes, a high rainfall and some summer drizzle maintains the conditions they need.


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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.


The 2017 gathering of the groups in Albany. Photo Amanda Keesing


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.


Groups get together in the Porongurups, 2014. Photo Simon Neville


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


Groups at 2009 forum in Denmark. Photo Basil Schur