An innovative and genuinely international approach to philanthropy and species conservation. The Fund supports grass-roots initiatives which are making a real difference to species survival, particularly in-situ conservation. This Fund provided financial support for Mary River turtle conservation projects in 2010 and 2011.
Ergon Energy Green Team members volunteer their own time to support and participate in initiatives in their local communities throughout Queensland. Since 2004, the Green Team has supported the efforts of Tiaro Landcare and funds raised are used to directly assist with the preservation of the Mary River Turtle. Most recently, funds raised by the Green Team and the Easter Chocolate Turtle Drive have been used to purchase 10 acoustic tags to assist in tracking juvenile turtles.
John Wilson Photographer based in Hervey Bay Queensland, Australia is an internationally acclaimed photographer, photojournalist and videographer. John has travelled the world covering stories for prestigious TIME magazine and news leader News Limited. John has filmed and produced our new DVD, Sharing Mary, a long fat turtle tale.
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“The Tiaro & District Landcare Group is an excellent example of how passionate and dedicated members within a small community can achieve outstanding conservation outcomes. In particular their work on the Mary River Turtle, including monitoring animals, fund-raising, supporting research students, and increasing public awareness about this endangered turtle species, has deservedly gained local, national and international recognition. They are a highly professional group who are well respected for their continued efforts in protecting the Mary River and its wildlife.“
Professor Craig E. Franklin, The University of Queensland.
“Keep up the fantastic work”
Tim Flannery, B.A., M.Sc., PhD., Professor Sydney’s Macquarie University, internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, much published writer, member Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Awarded Centenary of Federation Medal 2002 for his service to science, 2005 Australian Humanist of the Year, 2006 NSW Australian of the Year, 2007 Australian of the Year.
“Love the turtles”
John Doyle, Actor, Comedian, Radio host, Screenwriter. Best known as ‘Rampaging Roy Slaven’ of Roy & HG Fame. Appeared in documentaries of his own making, “Two Men in a tinnie” and “Two in the Top End”. Member of Order of Australia (AM) in 2010.
“I wish that every river had great people as Tiaro has”.
John Cann personally discovered and named several new turtle species (including Elusor macrurus), Author, Amateur Herpetologist, well known for his decades of performances in the Snake Pit of La Perouse, Sportsman (represented Australia at in the decathlon at the1956 Olympics), awarded Order of Australia (OAM) in 1992, honorary advisor to the Tortoise & Turtle Specialist Group of the I.U.C.N. Species Survival Commission.
“I am inspired by the great work that you guys do for the turtles. Keep it up.”
Pelf Nyok, Team member Turtle Conservation Centre, Terrengannu, Malaysia
“Elusor for ever! macrurus also”
Peter C.H. Pritchard, M.A., PhD. Director Chelonian Research Institute, Florida USA, Author, international authority on biology and conservation of turtles and tortoises, recognised as a ‘Hero of the Planet’ by Time Magazine, 2001 ‘Floridian of the Year’.
“The activities of the Tiaro and District Landcare Group show that community groups have an increasingly important role to play in environmental protection. In particular, I commend this group for their work on the Mary River Turtle and the infectious enthusiasm they show for this task. Through public education, fund raising, research and predator control activities they have made significant contributions to the conservation of this endangered species. TheMary River Turtle’s future certainly looks brighter under their watch.”
Patrick Couper, Curator Biodiversity (Reptiles & Amphibians) Queensland Museum.