From the Chair

As summarised in our 2021 Annual Report, now on our website, 2020-21 was a year of significant progress for the WA Parks Foundation. While the effects of the global pandemic have created some challenges for our fundraising, there have been some excellent achievements.

Kerry Sanderson AC CVO Chair, WA Parks Foundation | credit: The West Australian

Visitors to the Swan River foreshore at Matilda Bay can now learn more of its cultural significance, history and ecology.

The release of a further five maps in our smart park mapping partnership with DBCA is making it easier for people to navigate some of our most popular national parks, there has been increased community participation and reach through Spring into Parks and the launch of the ultimate digital park guide.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the support of our Founding Partners Wesfarmers, Chevron Australia, Fortescue Metals Group and Woodside Energy, and our project partners BHP and DBCA.

The Wright-Burt Foundation increased its philanthropic support by donating to a base research study for a reWilding program in WA’s South West and there has been an increase in the Foundation’s ability to initiate projects through the continued support of Coogee Chemicals and Khaki Investments.

We welcomed Australian Gas and Infrastructure Group and their three-year support towards a bespoke series of educational nature connection excursions for school children.

Our successful grant application to Lotterywest supports the development and activation of Spring into Parks in the second half of 2021.

The WA Parks Foundation recognises the importance of continuing to promote the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature. Our future success depends on the support of the corporate community and the collective input of existing groups and people working towards the same goals.

I take this opportunity to thank all who have supported the foundation in the past year – our Board, committees and staff, our founding and other corporate, government and community partners, our Park Ambassadors and  members for all the support during a very successful year.

The 2020-21 WA Parks Foundation’s Annual Report is available here.

Hon Kerry Sanderson AC CVO