Bush Heritage is a national non-profit organisation that protects Australia’s unique animals, plants and their habitats. Bush Heritage acquire and manage land of outstanding conservation value and by working in partnership with other landowners. Their vision for 2025 is to protect one per cent of Australia.
Hamelin Station, a unique 202,000 hectare property rich in natural and cultural history, that borders the breathtaking Hamelin Pool and the wider Shark Bay World Heritage Area in Western Australia, was purchased by Bush Heritage Australia in October 2014.
Hamelin Station has until now been a pastoral property running sheep and goats. The last owners, who were on Hamelin for over 35 years, treated the property with a great deal of environmental care, which means that is is in a very good position to be destocked and begin a restoration journey back to its natural state.
A region of vast beauty and global significance, Hamelin Pool is truly remarkable. It is one of just two places in the world where living marine stromatolites are known to thrive. Several thousand years old, these unique natural miracles echo life forms found up to 3.5 billion years ago.
ANDYINC FOUNDATION'S INVOLVEMENT
From 2014-15 Andrew Myer chaired the Hamelin Station Founders Circle which aimed to raise $4M for the purchase of Hamelin. It is a once-in-a lifetime conservation opportunity to extend the protection of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area by a substantial 10 per cent and create a 200km corridor of connected nature reserves. The link below is a short video whch tells the Hamelin Station story:
Andyinc Foundation have been supporters since 2006.
ANDYINC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship model proved to be a cost-effective means of investigating ecological questions providing Bush Heritage with improved information about the impact of kangaroos on the grasslands of Nardoo Hills and Scottsdale reserves. The capacity to leverage resources through the University and to access academic expertise through the student's supervisor is particularly advantageous.
Unintentionally, the research discovered the first fat-tailed dunnart (a native marsupial) at Nardoo Hills, being the first recorded on the Wedderburn district for years.
Andyinc Foundation have been supporters since 2005.