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Individuals achieving results for nature

The Australian Foundation for Wilderness' board and staff are driven to ensure we can achieve the outcomes nature urgently needs. Through our strategic campaigns and the unwavering support of our members, we tackle the biggest threats to Australia's precious wilderness and the areas that connect them.


Our Board of Directors

Every year, our members have the opportunity to elect directors of the Australian Foundation for Wilderness Limited at our Annual General Meeting.

Bob Debus AM - Chair

Bob was a member of the NSW Parliament from 1981 to 1988 and from 1995 to 2007, as well as the Minister for Home Affairs in the Australian Parliament between 2007 and 2010. He was Attorney General and NSW's longest serving Environment Minister. Bob is now the Chair of the Great Eastern Rangers Initiative, and sits on the boards of several justice reform organisations.

Virginia Young - Director

Virginia has a long standing interest in the role of wilderness and large scale conservation initiatives for protecting and restoring Nature across Australia. She is Chair of Gondwanlink in Western Australia and on the board of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative in Eastern Australia. 

Christine Milne AO - Director

Christine is a lifelong environmental activist who was jailed on the Franklin River campaign and led the Wesley Vale campaign against the native forest based North Broken Hill pulp mill. Christine spent 25 years leading Greenpolitics in the Tasmanian and Australian Parliaments.

Ted Plummer - Deputy Chair

Ted was a senior adviser to NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus from 1999 to 2007, a period which saw the adoption of numerous and far reaching environmental reforms, including significant expansion of the NSW national park estate and declaration of many wilderness areas and wild rivers across NSW.

Rod Madgwick - Director

Rod was a judge on NSW District, ACT Supreme and Federal Courts for 32 years, until 2021. He is a former President of the Australian Society of Labor Lawyers. He is a social justice and civil liberties activist, and has represented the International Commission of Jurists and similar organisations in Israel, Turkey and Vietnam.

Dr David Hunter - Director

David is an entomologist and an international expert on plague locusts. He is the President of the Orthopterists’ Society, a worldwide organisation of more than 400 scientists and managers who work on locusts, grasshoppers and other Orthoptera. He is a consultant to the Asian Development Bank on climate adaptive pest management, and the author of more than 60 scientific publications.



Our dedicated team of staff run the day-to-day operations and campaigns at Wilderness Australia.


Ella Magee-Carr - Office Manager

Growing up in the Northern Rivers, Ella established a connection to the environment at an early age. Since moving to Sydney, she has been able to advance her passion for nature conservation not only at Wilderness Australia, but also as a biodiversity conservation student at Macquarie University.       


Current opportunities to work at Wilderness Australia

There are no job opportunities at Wilderness Australia currently open. However, please feel free get in touch at [email protected] if you're keen to work or volunteer with us into the future. 

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Australian Foundation for Wilderness Limited
ACN 001 112 143
ABN 84 001 112 143
Advocating as 'Wilderness Australia'
Formerly The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd
Registered Office 8/154 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
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