regional & global links


Sanctuary East Gippsland Inc.

Regenerating East Gippsland with co-design principles and an eco-cultural philosophy.

Sanctuary E.G. formed to revitalize local communities & the region's tourism economy. Our vision:  a 'Conservation Centre of Excellence'; an innovation hub that showcases traditional culture,bio-scientific research,clever built & virtual infrastructure & offers safe Eco-Cultural-Tourism 'experiences' - multi-sensory, educational, respectful of traditional Country & culture & nourishing to both mind & body. As a co-design lab we shall bring together all the stakeholders - First Nation elders, community, industry, scientists, academics & creative practitioners to share knowledge & to develop smart, innovative strategies that grow the economy & secure the region's rich natural and cultural assets.

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian Wildlife Conservancy was borne out of one man’s mission to turn back the tide of extinctions of Australia’s native species. Starting with one property in south Western Australia, Martin Copley began a journey which would lead to the creation of Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the creation of a new model for conservation. 

Through support from donors and innovative partnerships with Indigenous groups, governments and landholders, AWC now owns, manages or works in partnerships at 30 properties across the nation, covering almost 6.5 million hectares. 

Through this network of large-scale wildlife sanctuaries in remote and iconic regions, such as the Kimberley, Cape York, central Australia and the Top End, we protect some of the nation’s most iconic and endangered wildlife including:

  • 72 per cent of native mammal species (207 species)

  • 88 per cent of native bird species (541 species)

  • 54 per cent of reptile species (523 species)

  • 54 per cent of amphibian species (127 species)


Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC)

Respect & Recognition

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) represents Traditional Owners from the Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Krauatungalung and Tatungalung family clans, who were recognised in the Native Title Consent Determination, made under the new Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, the first such agreement under that Act. GLAWAC co-manages the Bataluk Trails


The Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

Explore the Biomimicry Institute site for inspiration from the global network.


East Gippsland Art Gallery Regional Australia

Small & Vibrant


Housed in the original shire building of 1868 (celebrated in this Gordon Bain work entitled "Art Beast By River")the gallery is a vital aspect of our regional tourism economy. Run by a dynamic trio of arts professionals, it kicks well above its weight by supporting local artists and indigenous culture, engaging the community, young people and artists in interpreting and  promoting the distinct natural beauty of the region and its wildlife.  Glass Artists Crystal Stubbs is Director assisted by Photographer and media artist, Lisa Roberts and super administrator Sonia Grieve.


MAD Architects

China/USA - Japan

Design + Nature + Community


MAD’s “Tunnel of Light”, the restoration of the Kyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Nigata prefecture, is an artistic transformation that demonstrates how art and nature can come together to reinvigorate a community. Each one of the installations, forms a poetic space where visitors can transcend the role of observer, and become an active participant – allowing individuals to place themselves in nature in unexpected ways.”


(Thomas) Doxiadis+


Heritage & Conservation

Leading Greek Landscape Architect Thomas Doxiadis heads up the Athens based practice which taps into the naturalness of the Greek landscape: its ruins, textures, rocks, plants, trees, villages, goats and bucolic sounds.


He leads a team of landscape architects with a passion for design, and a deep belief in the need for humanity to reconnect with nature.

doxiadis+ has delivered high quality projects of different scales and types, ranging from national environmental policy, master-planning and landscape architecture and interior design.

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Hanna Kay Murrurundi NSW Regional Australia

Sense of Place

Hanna Kay makes sense of landscape and place. She has lived in Europe, Israel, New York and Australia. She draws from Mother Nature in her search for meaning, equilibrium and a sense of place. At the heart of her expansive career as an artist, writer and linguist there are core themes of inquiry - dislocation, exile, heritage and migration...Watch this vimeo by Leslie Wand for inspiration