Our mission

Together with nature

We connect people to nature, landscape and places.
We build understanding and respect.
We facilitate, support and drive conservation action.

Connect, Respect, Act

About Us

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organisation. We work to combine the grassroots support of the community with sound conservation science and pragmatic policy initiatives to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes.

First established in 2002 as the Cape to Cape Catchments Group with a focus on waterway health, our organisation has grown to encompass the protection of all biodiversity values in the Margaret River region.

Priority focus

Our two pillars of focus are:

Wooditjup Bilya (Margaret River)

We coordinate and deliver a range of education programs, meaningful on-ground work and advocate for the health and environmental values of the Margaret River and its catchment. 

Caring for the Capes

We coordinate and deliver a range of education programs, meaningful on-ground work and advocate for the health and environmental values of the Capes region from Yallingup to Augusta, and including the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, adjoining coastline, privately owned land, remnant bushland and reserves.

Guiding Principles

Engage with our local cultural custodians

Acknowledge, engage, support and partner with our local cultural custodians and elders

Leadership and advocacy

Provide leadership, advocacy and a strong voice on local environment and biodiversity issues

Act with integrity

Build trust and respect through informed, considered and ethical actions and communications

Collaborate and include

Collaborate and include to optimise reach, impact and ownership

Make a long-term, landscape scale difference

Resource projects and initiatives that make a long-term and landscape-scale difference

Avoid detrimental activities

Engage only in activities that promote and further our environmental and conservation goals

Data collection and continual improvement

Continue to carry out and coordinate monitoring, data collection, sharing and continual improvement

Biodiversity and climate change

Across all our programs, we strive to protect and restore biodiversity and build resilience to disturbance and pressures like climate change.

The healthier and more connected our ecosystems are, the better they will be able to respond and adapt to climate change.


Conserve and improve the extent and condition of remnant native vegetation and wildlife


Work with all stakeholders to manage the Margaret River to protect its environmental values


Provide leadership in coastal protection and restoration


Work with land and water managers to maintain water quality and environmental flows


Engender respect and custodianship of our natural environment by all people that live and visit here


Support the protection of marine ecosystems

Our people

Board of Directors

Our volunteer board members have a wealth of leadership experience with a broad knowledge base, and are passionate about protecting our environment and dedicated to furthering conservation of the region’s biodiversity values. They are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation and are committed to maintaining high standards of governance and accountability.

Ann Ward

Ann Ward


Hamish Worsely

Hamish Worsely

Deputy Chair

Crispin Underwood

Crispin Underwood


Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus


Carmen Lawrence

Carmen Lawrence


Advisors and ambassadors

Emma Scaife

Emma Scaife


Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson


Jane Scott

Jane Scott


Leon Pericles

Leon Pericles


Our staff

Drew McKenzie

Drew McKenzie

General Manager

Cass Jury

Cass Jury

Program Manager / Biodiversity Officer

Tracey Muir

Tracey Muir

Adopt a Spot Coordinator / Waatu Kaatijin (Ocean Learning) Coordinator

Genevieve Hanran-Smith

Genevieve Hanran-Smith

Biodiversity Officer

Jodie Passmore

Jodie Passmore

Special Projects Officer

Peta Lierich

Peta Lierich

Our Patch Officer / Woody Weeds Coordinator

Lauren Scanlon

Lauren Scanlon

Our Patch Officer / Friends of Wooditjup Bilya Coordinator

Mandy Edwards

Mandy Edwards

Coastal Officer / Biodiversity Officer

Lyndsey Cox

Lyndsey Cox

Spatial Data Officer

Trevor Paddenburg

Trevor Paddenburg

Communications Officer

Fran Dohring

Fran Dohring

Finance / Administration

Declan McGill

Declan McGill

Environmental Services Coordinator

Jackson Res

Jackson Res

Bush Regeneration Team

Nathan Hammer

Nathan Hammer

Bush Regeneration Team

Obelia Walker

Obelia Walker

Biodiversity Officer

Our partners and supporters

We work closely with our community and collaboration is key to Nature Conservation’s success. We’re immensely grateful to our ever-growing list of partners and supporters. Without them, we could not raise awareness, inspire commitment and empower action on behalf of the environment.

This includes strong grassroots support from individuals and local businesses, teams of dedicated volunteers and citizen scientists, a network of strategic partnerships as well as collaborative working relationships with federal, state and local government agencies.

A huge thank-you to the following groups and organisationd for their support:

Key Grant Funding Partners

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries logo
Lotterywest logo
Shire of Augusta Margaret River<br />
Nature Resource Management program
Water corporation logo
WSL One ocean logo

Philanthropic Partners

Line in the Sand logo

Paskeville Foundation

Wright Burt foundation logo

Business Sponsors

Cape Mentelle Logo

Strategic Partners

  • Arts Margaret River

  • Birdlife WA

  • Birdlife Australia

  • Carbon Farming Foundation

  • Cape to Cape Bird Group

  • Capes Foundation

  • City of Busselton

  • Coastal Connections

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

  • Edith Cowan University

  • EMA Australia

  • Friends of the Cape to Cape track

  • Geocatch

  • Geographe Catchments Council

  • Gondwana Link

  • Gracetown Cowaramup Bay Community Inc

  • Great Southern Reef Foundation

  • Karri Karrak Aboriginal Corporation

  • Line in the Sand

  • Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee

  • Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association

  • Margaret River Business Network

  • Margaret River Coastal Residents Association

  • Margaret River Regional Environment Centre

  • Margaret River Wine Industry Association

  • Mindful Margaret River

  • Murdoch University Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems

  • Nala Bardip Mia, HEART Margaret River

  • Re-cyc-ology

  • Shire of Augusta Margaret River

  • South West NRM

  • Transition Margaret River

  • Trillion Trees

  • Undalup Association

  • University of Western Australia

  • Water Corporation

  • Western Australian Museum

  • Yallingup LCDC

Community and Business Supporters

  • Ari Wolfl Photography
  • Augusta Primary School

  • Augusta True Value

  • Backyard Creations

  • Bunnings Margaret River

  • Busselton Agricultural Services

  • Cape Mentelle

  • Cape to Cape Explorer Tours

  • Cowara Landscaping

  • Cowaramup Agencies

  • Cowaramup Primary School

  • Crossfit Margaret River

  • Dunsborough Rural

  • Edgewalkers


  • Friends of the Cape to Cape Track

  • Friends of Reserve Group Volunteers

  • Hairy Marron Café

  • Holst Design + Build

  • Karridale Agencies

  • Karridale Primary School

  • Landsmith Collection

  • Lazarus Horticulture Services

  • Lions Club of Cowaramup

  • Lions Club of Margaret River

  • Margaret River Brewhouse

  • Margaret River Discovery Company
  • Margaret River Independent School

  • Margaret River Mitre 10

  • Margaret River Montessori School

  • Margaret River Primary School

  • Nature Conservation Members and Donors

  • Nature Conservation Volunteers

  • Nutrien Ag Solutions

  • Owl Friendly Margaret River Region

  • Participating Schools throughout the region

  • Rapids Landing Primary School

  • Rotary Club of Margaret River

  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

  • Sustainable Settlements Pty Ltd

  • U3A Margaret River

  • Vasse General Store

  • Voyager Estate

  • Walk into Luxury

  • Yallingup Steiner School

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Get In Touch


Community Resource Centre
33 Tunbridge Street
Margaret River WA 6285

Postal Address

PO Box 1749 
Margaret River WA. 6285

Contact Us

Phone: (08) 9757 2202
Email: info@natureconservation.org.au