Mardo Reserve 9




Dr. Julie-Anne Ellis

Julie-Anne is a Year 2 teacher at Mundaring Primary, having been a staff member at the school since 2008 when she started the school's Environmental committee with a then small contingent of committed parents and teachers. From these humble beginnings the Mundaring Primary School's Environmental Committee has secured grants totaling $110,000 for the school's diverse environmental projects. Julie-Anne has lived in the Perth hills for over twenty years on a natural bush property where she has designed and built an award nominated passive solar home. She completed a Masters of Education at Murdoch University and a Doctor of Education at the University of Western Australia. Julie-Anne is passionate about involving and educating students, parents and staff in environmentally sustainable practices, especially those that regenerate and preserve the Australian bush.


Toni Burbidge and Brad Thompson

are from the Shire of Mundaring. Toni is the Sustainability and Environment Coordinator, having worked at the shire for the last 9 years and in Local Government for 16 years. She was the Shire’s Bushcare Coordinator and Environmental Officer before her current role. Toni believes the future land-carers are our children and it is them that will be looking after our natural assets, so it is important to provide educational opportunities for them. Toni’s daughter and son attend Mundaring Primary School and she is also the school’s P&C President and a member of the Environmental Committee. The school approached the Shire to work in partnership to restore Mardo Reserve and it was natural for her to become involved given her working role in environmental services. Toni receives enjoyment from seeing children interact with nature and thinks the great outdoors is the best classroom.

Gillian Basnett

Gillian is an ecologist, educator and environmental consultant. She grew up in Canberra where she loved to explore the bush, coastal rock pools and ocean waters. Gill has a Bachelor of Science in Resource and Environmental Management, Master of Environmental Science and a Master of Environmental Science - Research. Her specialty is in fire ecology and she has a keen interest in wildlife, particularly birds. She now runs her own business but has worked for a range of both government and non-government organizations including NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Rural Fire Service, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife and Millennium Kids.


Simon Cherriman

Simon is an award-winning environmental scientist, wildlife filmmaker, educator and writer. He grew up in the Perth Hills and spent his childhood climbing trees, observing birds and learning about the local environment. He completed an Honours degree in Environmental Biology at Curtin University in 2007, and a Masters in Science Communication (Natural History Filmmaking) at the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2010. Today Simon manages the small business Insight Ornithology, which aims to educate and inspire people about the importance of environmental awareness and sustainability.