About the Society

President and Australian Wildlife Editor, Suzanne Medway AM

Suzanne was born in Kogarah, Sydney, and educated at Kingsgrove High School and St George TAFE. She holds an Associate Diploma in Business (Office Administration) and is a Justice of the Peace for NSW.

She has had considerable experience at middle and senior management positions in commercial business, including Seagram Limited, A & A Insurance, and served as Company Secretary for Australian Defence Industries (a multi-million dollar government defence company) prior to retiring. She has travelled widely and is familiar with most aspects of Australian wildlife conservation.

Suzanne has had prior board experience serving as a director on the boards of the Business Enterprise Development Agency in Mascot and the Business Enterprise Centre in Southern Sydney.

She also served as Secretary and then Vice-President of the Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Brighton Le Sands Chamber of Commerce.

Suzanne has been a member of the Society since 1988 and was elected as Secretary/Executive Director in 2002. Since that time Suzanne has modernised the office administration, created and maintained the website, increased the membership base and raised the standard of the Australian Wildlife magazine to a very professional level, along with the new wildlife email newsletter. Suzanne was awarded Life Membership of the Society in February 2009.

Suzanne has edited three books for the Society – Conserving Australia’s Wildlife, Conservation Victories and Battles Yet to Win and 100 Years of Saving Australia’s Wildlife.

Suzanne was awarded Environmental Volunteer for 2010 in the prestigious NRMA Helping People Awards.

Honorary Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick W Medway AM

Throughout his career Patrick has maintained a keen and enthusiastic interest in wildlife preservation and conservation.

He joined the Society in 1985 and took Life Membership of the Wildlife Preservation Society in 1988. He has been an active member serving as Honorary Secretary and Executive Director of the Society since 1995.

Patrick graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (Diploma in Public Relations with Credit – 1974, BA Communications – 1977) and the University of New South Wales (Master’s degree in Educational Administration – 1991). He is a member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE) and is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (FPRIA), as well as being an Honorary Life Member of the International Police Association, Australian National Section (HLM 22).

Patrick was seconded from the NSW Department of Education to serve as Director and Chief Education Officer of the Currumbin Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast from 1985-87. He has also spent time at the Wetland and Waterfowl Centre in Slimbridge in the United Kingdom and has visited many major wildlife parks, wildlife sanctuaries and botanic gardens around the world.

With his professional qualifications, experience and expertise he has been actively involved in a number of conservation, zoological, botanical and educational associations across Australia. He co-authored Conservation Victories with the late Dr Vincent Serventy AM and commissioned two other publications Conserving Australia’s Wildlife and 100 Years of Saving Australia’s Wildlife to mark the Centenary of the Society in 2009.

Patrick was appointed to the State Council for the NSW Nature Conservation Council in 1995 and served for five years. He was appointed to the NSW Pest Animal Control Council in 2002 and serves on the NSW Kangaroo Management Advisory Panel.

Patrick is a former Chairman of the Towra Point Steering Committee and President of the ‘Friends of Towra Point Nature Reserve’ and has an abiding interest in wetland and wildlife management.

Patrick was elected as National President on the retirement of Dr Vincent Serventy AM in 2002 and served for eight years in that capacity before nominating Suzanne Medway to the position of President of the Society in 2010.

Patrick was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on 26 January 2003 in the Australia Day Honours for his ‘Service to conservation and the environmental through environmental education in a range of organisations and committees concerned with the preservation of wildlife and nature, particularly the Australian Wildlife Society’.

His current ambition is to establish a sustainably and commercially viable National Headquarters for the Society in Sydney over the next few years.

Green Commandments for a better world

The Green Commandments for sustainable development of our Planet are:

01. All people have a right to an Earth where they can live in good health and enjoy a fair quality of life.

02. No one has the right to substantially alter the natural world in a way that will damage the world’s basic resources.

03. All people must conserve the present diversity of the natural world. Extinction is forever.

04. All people must plan their future so the resources they use will be sustainable – and when they use non-sustainable materials, plan for a future when these will be exhausted.

05. All people giving aid to others must be sure the help will increase the quality of life of those they assist, not forcing them into new ways of living, destroying their culture.

06. All people must use the world’s common resources with regard to all other people, both now and in the future.

07. All nations must carry out their obligations under all environmental agreements. A world court should decide on serious breaches, while other pressures such as boycotts must be used when more suitable for the occasion.

08. All nations must co-operate, not only in monitoring their own environment, but also in their obligations to the rest of the world.

09. All nations must develop a sustainable population policy and adhere to it.

10. All nations and all individuals must develop a new morality, not based only on particular religions but with values of respect for the rights of all humans and also those of the natural environment.