Celebrating 70 years of protecting nature together

We had a wonderful celebration at our 70th AGM on the 11 October, thank you to all the members and supporters who joined us in person and online.

You can view historian Dr Don Garden’s presentation about our history below, as well as an update from Matt Ruchel, Executive Director, and Caitlin Griffith, Manager – Community Learning and Engagement.


Dr Don Garden

Presentation: Conservation Journeys – History of the Victorian National Parks Association

Presentation: Protecting nature together

Matt Ruchel, Executive Director will update us on the progress made for nature and parks over the past year.

Caitlin Griffith, Manager – Community Learning and Engagement will share how our community has been enjoying, learning about, and protecting nature.



Members elected a new council – David Nugent (President), Lara Bickford (Vice President), Marilyne Crestias (Treasurer), Doug Robinson (Secretary), Michael Feller, Chris Harvey, Dianne Marshall, Bruce McGregor, Gerard McPhee, Askin Morrison, and Michael Young.

Learn more about our council.

We are very pleased that Ann Birrell and Chris Smyth were awarded Honorary Life Memberships at the AGM, in recognition of their outstanding, long-term service to the Victorian National Parks Association.

If you would like more information on our recent work please read our Annual Report 2021–2022

Your VNPA membership is one of the best ways you can demonstrate your support for our vision of Victoria as a place with a diverse and healthy natural environment that’s protected, respected and enjoyed by all – thank you.

Thank you for your loyal support – we love having you stand with us.