About the Society

What are the benefits of being identified with the Australian Wildlife Society?

Here are some to be considered.

Durability: The Australian Wildlife Society (previously known as the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Limited) is one of Australia’s oldest wildlife conservation organisation. Founded in May 1909, it has served Australia for over 100 years. The Society has survived two world wars, economic depressions, and social turmoil. Our brand image is one of endurance – we have always been here and we will always be here!

Service: The Australian Wildlife Society has been served by committed volunteers throughout its entire existence for more than 100 years. Without any form of Government financial assistance, which some other conservation organisations enjoy, we have fought for the conservation and welfare of Australia’s unique wildlife without fear or favour and have achieved many remarkable victories. We are still an organisation of volunteers willing to give our own time free for the benefit of the wider Australian community

Integrity: Due to our heritage and committed service we have earned the respect of other conservation organisations as well as Governments and agencies. As a result, we have been invited to sit on Government advisory panels and agency committees i.e. Kangaroo Management Advisory Panel, NSW Pest Animal Council and Greater Sydney Regional Pest Animal Management Committee, local government strategic planning advisory committees etc. We have developed a set of well-considered policies which are publicly available on our website.

Genuineness: The Australian Wildlife Society focuses on the welfare of all Australian wildlife. We are strongly identified with Australia. The echidna on our logo has been identified with us long before it appeared on Australia’s five-cent coin. As an early conservationist said, we are ‘down to earth’ in our wildlife conservation work, like the echidna. We are the epitome of genuine Australianness.

Any organisation that wishes to project an image of durability, service, integrity, and genuineness can do no better than identify itself with the Australian Wildlife 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.

Vice President, Ken Mason

Ken became a Director on the Board in March 2012 and was appointed Vice President in 2014.

He is a retired businessman having had successful careers in both the construction and entertainment industries. As a self-employed independent contractor, Ken worked tirelessly for the improvement of his industry and was President of two industry organisations, the MRCAA and Building Industry Sub-Contractors Association of NSW. Past President Lugarno Progress Association. As a musician/entertainer, Ken was the winner of several industry awards and was for some years Treasurer and Committeeman for the entertainment industry ‘Mo Awards’ Association. Ken and his family have had a lifelong interest in wildlife conservation and have travelled widely visiting many natural areas. During his previous four years on the AWS board, Ken has strived to ensure that the Society is financially secure and commercially equipped to be able to promote and support wildlife conservation programs across Australia and university student grants for bright young people to study wildlife conservation issues. His commitment to the board of directors is to continue to work for the successful future of the Society.

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.