What are your greatest environmental concerns?
You’ve got to head it up with climate change and everything follows after, like that big Indian company (Adani) building that massive coal mine near the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve cried over some of the environmental victories that have been achieved…wonderful places saved from the greedy maws of big business.
What is your favourite spot in Victoria?
Probably Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. I went there with my family when I was five years old more than 60 years ago. I also lived around Stawell, so I love the Grampians. I just love the country wherever it is.
What can we do to protect and improve our environment in Victoria?
I’m very keen on the Great Forest National Park and saving the Leadbeater’s possum. I’d also like to see the coal mines in Anglesea and the Latrobe valley closed down. I’m implacably opposed to fracking and I don’t think the government should be floating the idea of digging up more brown coal for export.
Why did you leave a bequest to Environment Victoria?
When I became aware of Environment Victoria’s work it was a no brainer. I like philosopher Peter Singer’s concept about giving away ten percent of your income and I used to make regular donations. Now I’m on pension and have less income so I’ve pledged a percentage of my estate.
What is your hope for Victoria 100 years from now?
I haven’t thought that far ahead! I used to work for Landcare so I would like to see those sorts of organisations grow in stature and create wildlife corridors where animals are protected. Getting rid of the feral animals and invasive weeds – that would be my dream. I think the regeneration of bush would be highly important.
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