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TLC Board

Julian Von Bibra
Board Chair
Julian runs his family farm at 'Beaufront', in the Midlands of Tasmania. For the past 30 years he has endeavoured to balance productive agriculture with conservation and biodiversity. In his farming business Julian practices partnership and collaboration to achieve shared outcomes.
Clare Bower
Board Vice Chair
Clare has 25 years’ experience providing financial and operational audit, governance and risk advice to Australian and global organisations, most recently as a senior partner at Deloitte. She was a founding Director of the Deloitte Foundation and a recognised advocate of workplace diversity as an executive of the firm’s Inspiring Women program.
Dr Vanessa Adams
Dr Vanessa Adams is an Associate Professor in Conservation and Planning at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on modelling dynamic social-ecological systems to inform conservation decisions that improve ecosystems and the communities they support. She has worked in roles ranging from actuarial analyst for global consulting firm Mercer HR to research scientist at universities. Vanessa regularly partners with relevant government agencies and NGOs to develop solutions for a range of conservation problems.
Erika Korosi
Erika is an experienced sustainability leader with deep and broad expertise across a range of aspects, including biodiversity, environmental management, climate resilience and mitigation, nature-based solutions, water stewardship, and human and Indigenous rights. Her career has spanned strategy setting and implementation, risk governance, stakeholder engagement and partnering within corporate and philanthropic settings across Australia and internationally. Erika currently works for the BHP Foundation supporting strategy and risk governance.

TLC Staff

James Hattam
Chief Executive Officer
James is a conservation ecologist with a passion for connecting people to the natural world through shared experiences, storytelling and community involvement. He has been working with government and not-for-profits in Victoria and Tasmania for more than 15 years, with experience in conservation covenants, philanthropic programs, marketing, communications, community engagement and not-for-profit governance.
Cath Dickson
Conservation Science And Planning Manager
Cath is an experienced ecologist who has been working in natural resource and threatened species management in regional South Australia and Victoria, for government and NGOs, since 2004. She recently completed her PhD at Monash University on the response of a dominant threatened plant to climate change on Macquarie Island – which ultimately led to her move south to Tasmania. Cath’s passion is working with people in nature conservation to achieve great conservation outcomes, while getting out into wild Tasmanian landscapes.
Jessie Bodor
Philanthropy & Engagement Manager
Jessie hails from the mainland where she practiced law before fundraising at the National Trust (NSW). She is passionate about connecting supporters to important not-for-profits like the TLC where volunteering, donations and bequests create real change. Jessie’s love for nature is thanks to her grandfather, a bird expert who was pivotal in Victoria’s early nature conservation efforts.
Leigh Walters
Operations Manager
Leigh was born and raised in northern Tasmania and spent much of his childhood out in nature, finding out about plants, animals and their habits and habitats. He has had twenty years’ experience in the private land conservation field, from working with landowners to help them achieve conservation, to managing the TLC Reserve Estate. Leigh's two daughters and a fantastic wife are his priority, but he also fits in some beach fishing, occasional bushwalks and travel.

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The Philanthropy Coordinator leads the delivery of the TLC’s mid-level giving and regular giving programs, workplace giving and twice-yearly appeals. Reporting to the Philanthropy & Engagement Manager, the position will also support the major giving and gifts in wills program, and other engagement programs as required.

The position requires a dynamic, high-energy philanthropy professional with a commitment to TLC’s vision and values and exceptional interpersonal skills. Travel to TLC reserves and interstate travel to other state capitals is required from time-to-time.

We are looking for a tertiary qualified candidate with a minimum of two years’ experience in a professional fundraising role or similar. Demonstrated experience using client relationship management (CRM) systems and ability to adopt and effectively use digital software, is a must. We want someone with highly advanced emotional intelligence with excellent empathy and interpersonal skills.

The position on offer is fixed-term (until 30 June 2025), negotiable FTE (0.8 – 1.0 FTE = 60.8 – 76 hours/fortnight) and based in Hobart, Tasmania. The TLC provides a flexible work environment where a good work-life balance can be maintained.

A remuneration package is offered based on TLC Professional Level 2.3 – 2.6 ($76,000 – $85,000 pro rata per annum plus statutory superannuation) commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience. The commencement rate for this position is between TLC Professional Level 2.3 – 2.5.

Please see the position description for more details.

If you would like more information about this role please contact Jessie Bodor, Philanthropy & Engagement Manager

To apply please include the following and send to, using the subject line: Philanthropy Coordinator application via Website:

  • An introductory cover letter.
  • Your resume (including contact details of two referees).
  • A statement addressing the Qualifications, Experience, Skills & Competencies listed in the position description.

Failure to follow this process and address criteria will likely preclude the applicant from consideration for the role.

Applications close: 23 February 2023.

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Current Properties For Sale

1 Barren Plains Road, Great Lake
Price: Under Offer
Area: 212ha (524ac)
This 212 hectare property at Barren Plains, Miena offers spectacular outlook over lichen covered boulders, cushion plants and snow gums, across to Shannon Lagoon. The land offers protection to threatened vegetation, including Miena cider gum, grasslands and sedgelands.
Price: Total Lot(s) 1, from $720 000 to $720 000
Area: 62ha (153ac)
This spectacular 62 hectare property at Apollo Bay, Bruny Island has unique features including tall Tasmanian blue gum forest and woodland proving to be essential foraging and breeding habitat for critically endangered swift parrots. There is a perfect building site, all just a five-minute drive from the ferry, providing easy commuting to and from Kettering.
Price: Sold
Area: 78ha (193ac)
Seaford Road is part of a network of private and public nature reserves across the east coast, including the TLC's Prosser River, Little Swanport and Kelvedon Hills Reserves. Fronting onto the Luttrells Bay coastal reserve, this property gives you the chance to conserve a large threatened forest community. Offers above $440,000 .
Price: Sold
Area: 40.04ha (99ac)
'Bullock Hills' is in the Derwent Valley, 20km north of New Norfolk and a 60-75 minute drive from the Hobart CBD. Five forested blocks are available, each with good road access, sunny house sites and attractive rural and bushland views.
Price: Total Lot(s) 1, from $ to $
Area: 58ha (143ac)
This large property offers privacy and spectacular coastal scenery in one of the few remaining wild areas of King Island. Where else could you find a weekender like this only a short flight from Melbourne or mainland Tasmania? The critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot uses the adjoining Sea Elephant Estuary as a stopover on its Bass Strait crossings.


Reserve Status: In Progress
Linking conservation areas across Tasmania's Central Highlands to create 20,000 hectares of privately protected areas for nature, the Pine Tier property makes a difference at a landscape scale.
Protected 2023
Covering 80 hectares In Tasmania’s north-east, Piano Coves reserve protects a diverse patchwork of threatened ecological communities on a remarkable coastline.
Protected 2023
In Tasmania’s central highlands on the shores of Lake Sorrell, the native forest and lowland grasslands of Silver Plains Reserve make up one of the largest properties in TLC’s estate.
Protected 2022
Perched between beachfront communities and tucked just off the tourist trail, Sloping Main Reserve is a southern sanctuary for diverse plant life and migratory birds. This 660 hectare property on the western Tasman Peninsula supports seven threatened native vegetation communities and is home to a large and vulnerable saltmarsh wetland.
Protected 2022
More than 2,000 ha of rich, varied and iconic high-conservation land on Tasmania's east coast, with habitat for 40 rare or threatened species.
Protected 2021
Dominated by the striking Eagle Rock, this west coast reserve provides significant habitat for threatened plants and animals and protects wetlands and swamp forest unlike any seen on our other reserves.
Protected 2021
The Prosser and Back Rivers cut their way through a valley of grassy woodland, scattered with critically endangered black gum.
Protected 2020
A conservation jewel on Hobart's doorstep; a rest stop for migrating birds; a home to endangered species.
Protected 2019
Every year the world’s entire population of swift parrots return to Tasmania in spring, and Little Swanport Reserve offers them a safe place to land.
Protected 2019
Tall Trees Reserve adds an important connection between existing areas of Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage and adjoins Tasmania's oldest national park.
Protected 2017
Rich highland habitat for threatened fauna, flora, grasslands, sedgelands, wetlands, waterways and rainforest.
Protected 2016
The establishment of Panatana Reserve is a ground breaking partnership that protects Aboriginal cultural heritage and important natural values.
Protected 2015
The Big Punchbowl Reserve is a complex mosaic. Here you will find wetlands, heath and woodlands. This reserve is home to threatened species, including the globally threatened (and hard to spot) bird the Australasian bittern, and the green and gold bell frog.
Protected 2014
An expansive nature reserve protecting five river systems and critical wild habitat in Tasmania's Central Highlands.
Protected 2013
Stony Farm Reserve was protected through a generous gift from the Schier family, whose aim was to have this area conserved for its natural values in perpetuity.
Protected 2013
Remote, wild, unique and important...a tiny pocket of Tasmania that is of global significance.
Protected 2012
Habitat for rare and threatened species on the eastern slopes on the Blue Tier region in north east Tasmania.
Protected 2010
World Heritage treasure rising steeply from the banks of the Liffey River.
Protected 2010
Created by an ice age, inhabited by an ancient culture, home to irreplaceable life forms.
Protected 2008
One of the most important places for nature conservation in Australia.
Protected 2007
A mosaic of endangered forest, wetland and saline grassland communities, and home to the globally endangered Australasian bittern.
Protected 2007
Magnificent Eucalyptus forest near Tasmania's oldest National Park.
Protected 2006
Nestled within rocky dolerite hills, supporting remnant areas of silver peppermint forest and grassy blue gum forest.
Protected 2006
A place of immense national significance for its contribution to the early understanding of Australian flora and its importance as a place of peace between nations.
Protected 2005
A wetland of international ecological importance on Tasmania's east coast.
Protected 2005
Eucalyptus tenuiramis forest gifted to the TLC for protection.
Protected 2005
An outstanding example of a coastal salt marsh and saline grassland, and a hot spot for raptors.
A place of tribute to Tom Hay whose passion for life and nature is reflected in this gift of land to the TLC.
A property of remarkable biodiversity, near Port Sorell in the central north of Tasmania.


The TLC fosters new research and partnerships to better understand natural values and how ecosystems function.
The TLC's Bird Conservation Fund combines evidence-based research and ecological monitoring with direct management actions ensuring effective and long-term conservation of our birds for generations to come.
The Bird Conservation Fund supports applied scientific research, via an annual postgraduate scholarship focusing on critical knowledge gaps in bird conservation across Tasmania.
Technology is revolutionising the way we can monitor wildlife, with devices such as motion-sensor cameras and smartphone applications now a standard feature in the ecological tool-kit. Incorporating these technologies with citizen-science can bring out the inner scientist in all of us.
The number and scope of research projects involving TLC land continues to grow.
Ecological monitoring helps us manage our reserves and build a bank of knowledge about their natural values.

Landowner Programs

Scarlet Robin - photo by Peter Vaughn
Gardens for Wildlife (GFW) encourages and recognises wildlife-friendly gardens and environmentally friendly practices in urban areas across Tasmania. Any garden under two hectares is eligible. Whether you have a courtyard, a roof top garden, deck, or larger space – you can contribute to the survival of wildlife and increase awareness of protecting our natural diversity through the GFW program.
Australia’s current estate of protected areas (National Parks and State Reserves) is no longer sufficient to protect and maintain healthy wildlife populations. Recent research also shows that while big patches of intact habitat continue to be vitally important for wildlife, small patches of suburban bush are often equally critical for the survival of rare and endangered species. Every bit counts!
🐾 Struggling to identify an animal recorded during your WildTracker survey? Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. This guide may just have the information you need to classify your quadruped.
Land for Wildlife is free and voluntary, and a great way to learn about the wildlife on your property. We will work with you to make a plan to protect species and habitat where you live. Not all threatened wildlife lives in national parks: by joining Land for Wildlife, you can make a big difference to the future of Tasmania's very special species.
trawtha makuminya is 6,878 ha of near-pristine land owned by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. It connects the Tasmanian Land Conservancy reserves at Skullbone Plains and Five Rivers and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage, and is managed for conservation. trawtha makuminya plays a vital role in reconnecting the Aboriginal community with Country.
Conserving private land is one of the most effective ways to protect natural landscapes, native plants and animals for future generations. In Tasmania, privately protected land covers a smaller area, but contains a higher percentage of threatened communities than public reserves.
The Tasmanian Midlands are home to one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world - temperate grasslands and grassy woodlands. The Midlands Conservation Partnership (MCP) brings farmers and conservationists together to help protect these species on working farms.

In our nature

Nature is full of rich connections that we can see when we look closely
Photo credit: Tom Guy – Curious currawong at TLC’s Silver Plains Reserve.
Nature is full of rich connections that we can see when we look closely
Nature is full of rich connections that we can see when we look closely
New reserves, programs working with landholders and the many achievements of our community.
Nature is full of rich connections that we can see when we look closely
The importance of photography in protecting nature - opening the TLC's photography residency exhibition.
Everyone at the TLC congragulates Sib and Keith Corbett on receiving Medals of the Order of Australia for their service to conservation and the environment in this year's King's Birthday Honours.
Land for Wildlife Coordinator Phil Wise catches up with the Driven by Nature podcast and tells a host of exciting Tassie nature stories.
The last few months have seen exciting developments in the restoration of Long Point Reserve.
A significant grant is funding a large-scale TLC quoll research project.
Congratulations to former Head of Science, Dr Sally Bryant, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
What the animals are up to on our reserves and on your patch
Reflections on the 2022 Ecological Society of Australia Conference
Effective conservation management is vital to the TLC's work.
Investigating drainage history to give a salt marsh a fighting chance in a climate-changed future
Investigating declines in eastern quolls in Tasmania.
Talking writing and nature among the trees and birds.
We are thrilled to announce that the redeveloped WildTracker website has been released into the wild at last and is ready to accept new participants.
On 6 August, Beaker Street Festival hosted their great debate in Hobart. The topic was, 'Your Keep Cup won't save you!'. Are you deluding yourself by thinking your individual actions can save the planet? Isn't personal responsibility a con when corporations and governments are the biggest culprits and the biggest drivers of real change?
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy recently helped to establish a new conservation covenant at Randalls Bay, in Tasmania's far south. The 28.5 ha parcel of land, owned by the Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare Group (FORB), is rich in biodiversity, including habitat for the critically endangered swift parrot and other nationally threatened species.
Public reserves like national parks are not the only way to protect nature. Over the last 20 years, private land conservation has become important; currently, Tasmania has 920 covenants protecting more than 110,000 hectares of private reserves. James Hattam, CEO of the TLC, explains how private reserves work and why they matter.
We talk to the new owner of Mitchelmores Creek to find out what it's like to own a conservation property
February is fieldwork time, when the science team heads to the Vale of Belvoir Reserve
Tracking a migratory shorebird between Tasmania and Japan.
Freya McGregor makes a visit to the TLC reserve made possible by her Pa's bequest.
If thinking and writing about nature requires us to get our eye in, then I think this collection would be a tonic for anybody who had somehow got their eye out.
What learning to love a kelpie can teach us about landscape restoration
Black gum–Brookers gum forests have declined by up to 90% since European settlement - how are they faring?
The first task in monitoring and managing a reserve in the long-term is to select and establish a suite of diverse monitoring sites.
One handful of soil can contain as much as 50 km of fungal hyphae.
An update from the TLC science team on progress in the Silver Plains Quoll Research Project
Building relationships between conservationists and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Working across the Great Pine Tier fire scar on Five Rivers Reserve with support from a WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grant.
It has been a monumental summer weeding effort across the TLC Central Highlands properties this year.
'...All the hills are rocky, but considered good sheep pasture, and in hollows and nooks there are patches, where abundance of sound feed grows, and the shelter of eucalypti, sheoak, cherry tree, honeysuckle, and wattle, also adopts it for pastoral purposes. In many directions clearing is altering the faces of the hills, which in time bid fair to be clean parklike sheep runs.'
Looking at the world through the transparent frond of a filmy fern, I was once again impressed by the intimate knowledge that covenant landholders develop of their land. Erik Bierens has lived in his forest at Golden Valley for over 30 years and doesn’t just know the story of every tree, but has identified the tiniest ferns, and many of the mosses and liverworts too.
Learn about some businesses that support TLC
Can active management restore habitat for critically endangered swift parrots within the next few decades, when they urgently need it?
More than 600 landholders across Tasmania, from diverse backgrounds, communities and landholdings, are making the ultimate commitment to protect nature on their land by entering into a conservation covenant.
As you first approach Tinderbox, you may feel its apparent shyness. However, with given attention, the shyness falls away. Attentiveness comes with time spent in an environment, along with an affection for the biotic community built on the strong foundations of an intact environment.
We sometimes have family members asking about making gifts to the TLC in memory of a loved one. Spencer Woolley was in touch earlier this year after his dad died, wanting to direct gifts in lieu of flowers to the Tinderbox campaign. After the funeral, we received some stories written by Spencer's late father, Ronald Gordon Woolley, and a poem, 'Why?'.
Nature needs our help now more than ever, and in 2020 we are determined to continue our work to conserve it.
On a farm in the Tasmanian Midlands, Simon Cameron is proving that conservation and superfine wool production can go hand-in-hand.
We at the TLC know how tough it can be when you can't get out into nature. So while Australia is staying home, we thought we'd suggest some movies that will take your mind to wilder places.
Along with everybody else, the TLC has had its activities affected by the COVID-19 virus. We are taking steps to help keep our staff, volunteers, landholders and the broader community safe.
Forty-two Tasmanian vertebrates and a vastly greater number of invertebrates rely on hollows for survival. Sadly hollow-bearing trees are under threat and good hollows are now rare in the landscape. Tree hollows take a long time to form, usually more than 150 years. Many species that use tree hollows have now been listed as threatened.
Silver Plains is one of the sites for a new alpine research infrastructure project that spans Australia.
TLC's Little Swanport Reserve recently received rave reviews from visiting Australian Plant Society Tasmania members.
The Cider Gum (Eucalyptus gunnii) is a true Tasmanian. Like the hardy Tasmanian primary school kids refusing to change from shorts to long pants in the middle of winter, this endemic eucalypt is specially adapted to living in cold and wet conditions.
A spectacular spiky black and white spiny spider (Austracantha minax) clinging in its a web caused some excitement.
At the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC), our volunteers are ever-present in all that we do to protect nature. Volunteers are active across every program, in every team and at every reserve. Every campaign letter, every remote-sensor fauna camera, every pair of loppers, every office computer keyboard and every profit and loss statement have volunteer’s fingerprints all over them.
We always regarded our land at Little Swanport on Tasmania’s east coast as special, it was a playground for some of our children and grandchildren, where they explored the natural world, rode their horses, built cubby houses and helped gather the sheep that grazed there.
Have you ever followed the wallaby tracks up the Rasselas Valley? Have you ever gone "skylining" in the far Denisons? Have you ever pushed through dense thickets of leatherwood trees, so white with blossom and so fragrant that you don't believe they're true?
I was following a series of white posts along a barely discernible trail through the forest, often losing my way. A fine drizzle was making everything wet, and my shoes were sodden. Spider webs strung with droplets of water crisscrossed my route, and mist obscured the surrounding hills. Everywhere the sound of dripping water and the rustling of my wet weather gear.
Environmental conservation organisations often place a heavy emphasis on what can be seen. In Tasmania we need only look at how a single photograph by Peter Dombrowskis mobilised an entire generation to stand up for the Franklin River. Or how iconic images from Olagas Truchanas helped raise the public awareness of Tasmania’s south-west wilderness areas.
The life of a zoologist (that’s someone who studies animals, not someone who studies zoos!) isn’t all selfies with cute and fluffy critters. Picking zoology as your career typically means you’ve signed up for working antisocial hours while being bitten, stung, scratched, weed on (or worse: much, much worse) and parasitised by all sorts of creepy crawlies while trying to find your animal of interest.
When Rob McKay and Brenda Joliffe moved to take up jobs in Tasmania, their friend (a financial planner by profession) said, “Don’t go buying the first property that you lay your eyes on”.
The 2019 theme for International Women's Day this year is ‘Balance is Better’. More and more, we are seeing that gender equality is expected in our workplaces - across business and government, on boards and in politics.
It seems to start with a problem that needs solving: voracious weeds, injured wildlife, crumbling cultural heritage.
Since December 2018, over 100,000 hectares of land has been burnt across Tasmania by bushfires caused from thousands of dry lightning strikes.
Sonia Singh was working as a scientist and science communicator for the CSRIO in Hobart before her talent as an artist and penchant for recycling went viral on the internet.
Human legacies linger amidst a thriving sanctuary for threatened plant and animal species at the Tasmanian Land Conservancy's (TLC) Egg Island Reserve, located midstream in the Huon River.
I was on a search for the stillness that comes from being in a landscape like Silver Plains. This is where my story began.
Providing essential habitat and security to some of Tasmania's most endangered animals is just one of the reasons the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) believes passionately in securing long-term protected reserves.
Since European settlement, land clearing, grazing, urban development, changed fire regimes, agriculture and irrigation have all impacted Tasmania’s ecosystems. Human activity has reduced and fragmented the habitats of our native plants and animals.
Our ancestors have carefully examined nature and its intricacies for thousands of years. The desire to understand the environment around us is innate – the effects and infiltration of it into our lives undeniable.
Few places have had as much of an influence on the global conservation movement with as little recognition as the Liffey Valley, located in Tasmania’s central north.
Warm laughter and song rises, mingled with soaring sparks fleeing a scattering of fire pits. Festoon lights swing in the breeze, animating long shadows to dance against an illuminated forest backdrop. Children wildly run in and out of the brightly coloured marquee and crowd, who reactively reel, cradling their drinks and plates of food-truck fare closer. Sounds more celebration than conservation but it is assuredly both.


There’s no denying that Pine Tier, in Tasmania's Central Highlands is a special place. In this newsletter you'll find out about our campaign to permanently protect Pine Tier, TLC's Revolving Fund, our conservation prioritisation tool and much more.
Our team has been hard at work with annual weeding programs in full operation including many of our newest reserves, as well as the delivery of our long-term ecological monitoring program across the reserve estate. A recent highlight was the locals day at Sloping Main, or as many of them reminded us ‘Slopen Main’…  We are also excited to launch the next phase of the Gardens for Wildlife Program in Tasmania, which has transitioned to TLC from the Tasmanian State Government. Plus read inspiring updates from our partnerships with landholders working to conserve some of our rarest species.  
In this edition, find out how we're hoping - with your help! - to establish the largest contiguous area of privately protected land in Tasmania. Plus, a wrap of our first conservation science symposium.
In this edition, meet a new reserve that's an old friend, find out how your will can make a lasting difference for conservation in Tasmania and cast a new eye on nature with the TLC's photography residency.
In this edition, find out how conservation science turns a property into a reserve, read about a keen cyclist who's been raising funds for the TLC, learn why we weed, and hear from our science intern, who's been investigating the regeneration of blue gum woodlands.
Read this season's newsletter to find out how you can help us do more to support nature across our estate. We've also pulled together tips on looking after wildlife on your own property during the warmer months, and you'll read a rundown of how rain has affected TLC reserves. And we have a great list of events coming up over the next couple of months.
This season's newsletter includes highlights from our Discovery Day supporter trip to Egg Islands Reserve and an in-depth look at restoration work at Long Point Reserve, introduces you to some new staff members and announces the re-launch of WildTracker.
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