Michelle Grady joined Pew in 2008 to manage the Outback Australia Program. Grady has worked for 18 years as a conservation advocate at the local, national and international levels; a managing director of nonprofit organizations; and campaign manager and senior policy adviser to government.
After serving as an adviser to two Australian senators, Grady led the Conservation Council of South Australia, composed of 60 conservation groups in the state, for 12 years. She oversaw successful multilateral campaigns in the areas of climate change, native vegetation protection, marine conservation, reform of planning laws, biodiversity conservation and protected areas.
As the national marine campaign manager for the Australian Conservation Foundation, Grady led campaigns to establish marine reserves and draft oceans legislation. She later was an international advocate in expert forums and treaty processes for cetacean conservation. She has most recently been a senior adviser to the Australian government on biodiversity law reform and strategic program development.
Grady holds a bachelor’s degree in English, politics and history from the University of Adelaide and a graduate diploma in business administration from the University of South Australia.
The new marine park in the Kimberley will be the largest in Western Australia and will protect the primary calving area of humpback whales as they migrate to the Antarctic. The 680,000-hectare (1.7 million-acre) Lalang-garram Camden Sound Marine Park will also include the state's largest sanctuary for marine life at Montgomery Reef, providing a haven for the newly discovered snubfin dolphin, marine turtles, and several other important species. An agreement to establish the park was signed early this month. More
(ABC News) A planned network of marine parks will include more areas off the South Australia coast. More
(International Business Times) The creation of 44 marine parks across Australia will make about one-third of Australian waters off-limits to fishing, oil and gas exploration. More
(AAP) Fishing, oil and gas exploration are set to be limited when the federal government introduces a world-first network of marine reserves around Australia. More
(USA Today) The Australian government says it will create the world's largest network of marine reserves, which will cover more than 1.1 million square miles of ocean. More