The Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia is governed by a voluntary Committee of Foundation members. Nominated members may be elected to the Committee at the Annual General Meeting.
The role of Patron is important in presenting the Foundation as a serious not-for-profit entity, grappling a problem with national implications. For this reason, the first Patrons were Governors-General. More recently, Patrons with a strong research background have been invited to play that role.
Assoc. Prof. Brian Cooke
Treasurer & Public Officer
Executive Officer & Secretary
Dr Carolyn Ireland
Dr Graeme Finlayson
Dr Amy Iannella
Mr Joe Keynes (Foundation Sponsor nominee)
Anne Burgi, Bruce Munday, Nicholas Newland, Dean Rasheed
Former Chairs and Patrons:
Dr Ed McAlister, AO
The Honourable Bill Hayden
The Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia enjoys generous support from, and is committed to working with and assisting, like-minded people and organisations – be they businesses, governments, community groups or individuals.
Haigh’s Chocolates saw the opportunity to adopt the Easter Bilby very early in the life of the Foundation. At some considerable risk, Haigh’s phased out chocolate Easter Bunnies after introducing the Easter Bilby in 1993 and have been rabbit-free ever since. The company pays an annual royalty to RFA for the use of the Easter Bilby concept and has branched out into other Australian species as part of its chocolate offering.
Livestock SA has been a long-term supporter of Rabbit-Free Australia, providing assistance with media networks and strategic advice, extending information to landholders, and making meeting rooms available. Their members appreciate the threat rabbits pose to primary production and the need for ongoing research to contain that risk.
Major supporters invest in specific projects or provide substantive contributions to Rabbit-Free Australia.
- Zoos SA – AGM venue and promotions
- Neil Wallace (Wallace Vroulis Bond) – Auditor
- Amy Cotton (Cotton Consulting) – Website management
Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia is an Associate Member of Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.