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About Us

 

The Conservation Council ACT Region is the leading environmental advocacy organisation and hub for community groups in Canberra. Our mission is to protect nature and create a safe climate in the ACT and region.

Since 1981 we have been at the centre of the region’s most important wins for wildlife, bushland and communities, encompassing over 40 member groups. 

We are a non-profit, non-government organisation that run campaigns, promote and upskill local groups, undertake research, advocate passionately, and engage and inform  our community. 

Our belief is in the power of collective action to create change.

The Conservation Council ACT Region acknowledges the financial support of the ACT Government.

Conservation Council  Constitution

Our Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Audited Financial Statements 2022-2023

Our Staff

Elle Lawless

Executive Director

Elle has environmental and climate advocacy experience at both the local and national level. A diversity of experience including growing up in regional NSW has formed a deep passion for ecological justice which has seen Elle campaign on the frontlines and with not for profit organisations. While studying at the ANU she was introduced to the power of people to create change. This was through volunteering for the fossil free movement and separately 350.org Canberra. She has also spent time at front line action camps building alliances with diverse allies.

Elle previously worked at the Conservation Council of the ACT on campaigns to create a more sustainable city to mitigate the climate crisis. She was a founding member of Stop Adani Canberra and of Galilee Rising, Her favourite role in the movement for climate justice is mentoring school strikers and running trainings. Elle has organised in the coal port city of Newcastle as the Campaign Manager for the Wilderness Society NSW. In this role she led a campaign to successfully stop an offshore gas field, halted coal mine expansion in the Blue Mountains region, and continued the long standing effort to protect the Pilliga forest from unconventional gas mining. Elle then worked with the Sunrise Project Australian gas team on corporate campaign efforts to stop Woodside’s Scarborough gas project.

Brooke Farr

Grit Schuster

Office Manager

Grit has a background in environmental science and spent most of her career working as a researcher and as an environmental consultant in Germany and Perth. Grit’s big passion is our natural environment and she wants to help protecting it in as many ways as possible. She has been part of the Australian Parents for Climate Action Initiative and is working and volunteering in the Canberra community to raise awareness about our impact on the environment and sustainable practices. Grit loves meeting people from all walks of life, adventures in the great outdoors and exploring Canberra on her yellow cargo bike.
Brooke Farr

Brooke Farr

Fundraising and Events Manager

Brooke was born and raised in Newcastle, NSW before moving to Canberra in 2017. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability at the ANU, majoring in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource and Environmental Management. Brooke has a background in event management and education and is passionate about making environmentalism creative, exciting and accessible for all, and bringing communities together to champion sustainable living and environmental action. 

In her spare time, Brooke is an avid surfer, musician, all-round adrenaline junkie and people-person who loves any chance to share her love of nature and sustainability with her friends, family and community. 

Jahnavi Samprathi

Jahnavi Samprathi

Communications Manager

Jahnavi (she/her) has lived in Canberra all her life and is currently completing a double Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Sustainability and International Relations at the ANU. Jahnavi has been volunteering for environmental causes since school, and is passionate about environmental and climate justice work. 

As a Woman of Colour, Jahnavi is working towards making the environmental activism space an inclusive and respectful movement that incorporates and advocates for diverse perspectives. 

Kirsten Duncan

Climate and Sustainability Campaigner

After completing her Masters of Climate Change at the Australian National University, Kirsten joined the Conservation Council in late 2019. In 2020, she researched and wrote the Make the Switch website and continues to manage public engagement to help Canberra households go gas-free, as well as advocating to Government and the energy industry regarding a fossil-fuel-free future. In 2021-22, Kirsten researched and wrote the Make the Move website and ran a workplace-based program to help commuters explore active travel. In 2022, she and the team managed Canberra’s first CBR360 Circular Economy Symposium, winning the 2023 ACT Government Sustainable Event Award.

Kirsten has previous experience in the military, public and private sectors, most recently as a graphic designer specialising in communication on science subjects from agriculture and environment to health and technology. Her focus now is on communicating climate change and other social–environmental issues to address the root causes and drive the systemic change needed for a sustainable future for people and planet.

Our Board

Rod Griffiths

Rod Griffiths

President

Correa Driscoll

Correa Driscoll

Vice President

Peta Bulling

Peta Bulling

Vice President

Kathy Ehmann

Kathy Ehmann

Secretary

Linda Xia

Linda Xia

Treasurer

Annika Reynolds

Annika Reynolds

Board Member

Jess Fordyce

Jess Fordyce

Board Member

Danny Jowers Blain

Danny Jowers Blain

Board Member

Vivienne Pearce

Vivienne Pearce

Board Member

Braithan Bell

Braithan Bell

Board Member

Camille Carroll

Camille Carroll

Board Member

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