Introducing our New Park Ambassadors

Associate Professor Chandra Salgado Kent’s career in marine-related research spans more than two decades.

The WA Parks Foundation is delighted to welcome three new Park Ambassadors, bringing the total to 56.

Marine ecologist and bio-acoustician Chandra Salgado Kent is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University.

Her career in marine-related research spans more than two decades during which she has worked in a diversity of fields including mangrove forest restoration, fauna ranging from crustaceans to baleen whales, and impacts of human activities on marine animals.

Chandra is the Founder and Director of Oceans Blueprint, a company that supports government, not-for profits and community on wildlife ecology, conservation, and management of threatened species and their habitats, with a focus on marine mammals. She is also co-chief investigator for the Southwest Whale Ecology Study (SouWest), a program run through a collaboration of registered organisations (Oceans Blueprint, Western Whale Research and Eco Gecko Environment and Design).

As a recognised expert in her field, Chandra regularly advises national and international government and non-government organisations and industries on innovative research methods, analytical approaches, impacts of human activities on marine fauna, and the status, threats and management of wildlife.

Also joining us as Park Ambassadors are The Lifestyle Pioneers, Simon and Elizabeth (Liz) Bailey, who traverse Australia in a caravan, sharing their adventures and giving travel advice online via their thriving YouTube channel.

Frustrated with the daily nine to five grind, Simon and Liz created The Lifestyle Pioneers to live the life they want while inspiring, educating and equipping other like-minded people to do the same.

Travelling full-time with their two young children is part of the adventure, with Liz and Simon balancing their sons’ educational needs while providing unique experiences and quality family time. Their elder son Harrison does remote learning via School of the Air, supported by Liz, a qualified teacher.

The family plans to spend six months exploring Western Australia from September 2023.

The Lifestyle Pioneers, Liz and Simon Bailey have a thriving YouTube channel with over 12k subscribers.