Australian Conservation Foundation

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The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is "Australia’s leading national not-for profit environment organisation and is funded almost entirely by individual membership and donations." [1]

ACF's website notes that:

"Since 1966, we have focussed on the most important and urgent environmental problems, seeking change with lasting political, economic and social support. ACF has played a key role in increasing protection for some of Australia’s most outstanding natural assets including the Franklin River, Kakadu, the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef." [2]


Groups that Include ACF in their Workplace Giving Programs

  • Australian Tax Office
  • Aviva Australia
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Dun and Bradstreet
  • Origin Energy
  • Mallesons Stephen Jaques
  • Sydney Harbour Trust
  • Westpac

ACF’s Corporate Supporters and Foundations

Contributing funds to specific conservation programs

  • Annamila Pty Ltd, Healthy Rivers Program
  • AusAid, Asia Pacific Program
  • NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, support for
  • GreenHome, Sydney office and NSW Inland Rivers Network
  • Poola Foundation, Northern Australia Program
  • The Myer Foundation, Land and Water Program
  • Southcorp, Sustainable Agriculture Program
  • CAF Community Fund, GreenHome

Contributing goods and/or services on a pro bono basis

  • Arnold Bloch Leibler, legal advice
  • Barrister Chris McGrath, legal advice
  • Barrister Marita Foley, legal advice
  • Barrister Mark Dreyfus QC, legal advice
  • Clemenger Harvie Edge, branding advice
  • CPR Communications and Public Relations
  • Learning Dimensions, leadership development program
  • Rehame, media monitoring service

Source: Annual Report 2004-05, pp.22-23


Accessed July 2009: [1]


Accessed July 2009: [2]

Staff and Councillors at 30 June 2005

  • Professor Ian Lowe - President - Professor Ian Lowe AO is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, an adjunct professor at Sunshine Coast University and QUT, an honorary research fellow at the University of Adelaide and a consultant to the CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems.
  • Kester Brown - Treasurer, he has been involved with ACF in the position of Treasurer since November 2002. He is a Partner at Ernst & Young.
  • Gavin Wigginton - Honorary Secretary
  • Peter Barker NT - Before moving to Alice Springs Peter worked with Friends of the Earth Melbourne, the Victorian National Parks Association and the EcoCentre (St Kilda) on a range of campaigns and projects. Currently, Peter is working for Greening Australia NT, working with pastoralists and Indigenous Peoples on wetland management issues. Peter has been active with local environmental and social justice campaigns in Alice Springs, particularly with regard to the proposed nuclear waste dump, proposed new uranium mines in the territory and the protests against the US spy station Pine Gap.
  • Georgina Beach, VIC
  • Doug Brown, TAS he is in his third term on ACF Council and is a member of the Protect policy committee. In Tasmania, Doug is Vice President of the Launceston Environment Centre. Doug represents the LEC on the Environment Tasmania Council, and also the Northern Tasmanian NRM Association.
  • Irina Cattalini, WA - is a Senior Policy Officer working on the Consumer Utilities Project with the Western Australian Council of Social Service. Prior to joining WACOSS in March 2005, she spent three years working at the Conservation Council of Western Australia, on various energy and greenhouse related policy and projects.
  • Peter Christoff, VIC - Vice President of ACF.
  • Sandy Cornell, VIC
  • John Coulter, SA
  • Nahrel Dallywater, WA - Nahrel is the Director of Naiad Pty Ltd (trading as Dallywater Consulting), an independent environmental/Marketing/Training Consultancy. Nahrel won the WA and National Young Australian of the Year Award for the Environment in 1999 and the WA Livewire Business Award for her business in 2001.
  • Simon Divecha, SA - Simon is in his first Council term. He is a director of Green Matters Group, which focuses on environment and ecological footprint work with businesses, in collaboration with California based Global Footprint Network ( and others of its Australian partners. Formerly the CEO of the Conservation Council of South Australia, Simon has worked extensively across environmental and social issues, internationally, as well as at national and local grassroots levels. This includes leading campaigns across Asia Pacific region with Greenpeace and the Mineral Policy Institute.
  • Tony Flaherty, SA
  • Robert Fowler, SA - Rob is a Professor of Environmental Law at the University of South Australia, where his role in recent years has been to deliver training courses in environmental law and enforcement to staff of State government agencies and also to Indonesian judges, prosecutors, EPA staff and NGO’s under a series of AUSAID contracts since 1999. He is serving his third term on ACF Council, and states his main environmental concerns as sustainability, climate change, water issues and land clearance. Rob is also the Chair of the SA Environment Defender’s Office.
  • Helen Gee, TAS - She is a founding member of The Wilderness Society.
  • Elaine Harding, QLD
  • Andrew Higham, WA
  • Angas Hopkins, WA
  • Anna Hopkins, TAS
  • Kristin Keane, QLD
  • Caroline Le Couteur, ACT
  • Phil McManus, NSW
  • Karyl Michaels, TAS
  • Geoff Mosley, VIC
  • Warren Nicholls, ACT
  • Paddy O’Leary, NT
  • Nikki Parker, QLD
  • Adele Pedder, NT
  • Jeff Richardson, WA
  • David Risstrom, VIC
  • Linda Selvey, QLD - She is currently chair of the Queensland Conservation Council.
  • John Sinclair, NSW
  • Ross Tzannes, NSW
  • Lyn Wallace, QLD
  • Colleen Watts, NSW
  • Katherine Wells, SA - Katherine is a Vice President of ACF. She has been a member of ACF Council since 2001 and of ACF Executive since 2002. Katherine is an environmental law and policy consultant, and has worked for both the environment movement and industry, in Victoria, NSW, South Australia and nationally. She has spent much of her career advising environment groups and lobbying governments on a wide range of environmental reform issues. Her particular interests at present are climate change, and the emerging biodiversity crisis. She is Deputy Chair of the South Australian Premier’s Round Table on Sustainability, a member of the Executive Steering Group for the development of South Australia’s Greenhouse Strategy, and a member of the Board of Zero Waste SA.
  • Carol Williams, TAS

Source: Annual Report pp.25-31




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  1. Directors, Australian Conservation Foundation, accessed July 21, 2009.
  2. Council, Australian Conservation Foundation, accessed July 21, 2009.