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About the Urban Bushland Council



President Mary Gray at work in Inglewood Triangle.

Who we are

The Urban Bushland Council is the peak community organisation for urban bushland recognition and protection and is an association of more than 70 community conservation groups concerned about declining urban bushland. The Council is a voluntary, non-government organisation.

The Council plays a crucial role in lobbying Government of all levels for bushland protection. Despite numerous statements and commitments by Governments over many years urban bushland continues to degrade and disappear at an alarming rate. The Council and its supporters have achieved many great wins in holding back the tide of unacceptable developments but the need to be vigilant and active is relentless.

Luckily, the greater Perth area still holds significant tracts and pockets of relatively undisturbed bushland. However, these are continually at risk from developers and from more  insidious impacts from climate change, catastrophic fire events, receding watertables, and weed invasion; exacerbated by a general lack of public awareness of bushland values.

The Council is the key organisation focussing on these threats and provides the main public voice on the need for retention of what remains  for current and future generations. It does this with limited resources through the amazing efforts of its Friends Groups and its many volunteers from all walks of Perth life; schoolchildren through to leading scientists.

UBC Constitution.

How we formed

In response to continuing threats to urban bushland, including Hepburn Heights, over 40 groups were represented at a workshop organised by the Conservation Council on 7th November 1992. The workshop unanimously called for the establishment of a coalition of community groups to work to protect urban bushland and identified the following key priorities:

    Greater public awareness of natural heritage,
    Community participation in decision-making and in caring for urban bushland,
    A government policy to recognise and protect urban bushland.

The Urban Bushland Council was formally launched in Kings Park on 21st March 1993.

In 1994 the State government released the Draft Urban Bushland Strategy followed by the draft Perth’s Bushplan in November 1998. Bush Forever, released December 2000 and finally passed in August 2010, sets out the conservation reserve system for the Swan Coastal Plain portion of the Perth metropolitan region. However, many sites are still not secured and actively managed for the purpose of conservation. The fight to retain many local bushland areas continues.

What we do


Local action and networking;

through providing a forum to support local community groups by encouraging local action and networking and by providing access to ideas, information and expertise concerning bushland. With its long experience of supporting grass roots community organisations the Council has access to a vast network of contacts and resources, facilitating campaign effectiveness.

Policy development;

through debate, developing and promoting policy for the protection and management of urban bushland. The Council works consultatively with its member Groups to develop new policy in response to continually changing pressures on the urban environment.


by providing an avenue for influence by letter writing, submissions, delegations and media contact in seeking legislative change for bushland protection. The Council regularly meets with elected representatives to promote its key aims and to promote a collaborative approach to resolving issues at senior political levels.

Raising public awareness;

of the values and problems facing urban bushland. The Council does this in a multitude of ways; from organising major symposiums on topical issues to attending events such as Garden Week, and via seeking grants to provide training in bushland custodianship to new volunteers.