Rob Boase – WA
When Rob and Beth Boase purchased their farm in 1973 they set out to rejuvenate the property’s surviving native bushland. Rob revegetated land that had turned saline because of historical over clearing and also fenced areas containing rare and endangered plants. Rob and Beth’s property at Dowerin is now seen as an outstanding example of how to conserve fragmented vegetation in the Central Wheatbelt. Rob and Beth have also supported revegetation by cultivating difficult species at their commercial nursery, Arinya Plants, for Landcare projects across the Wheatbelt. The nursery opened in 1996, with customers initially requesting species unsuitable for the local area. Rob educated clients about purchasing local native seedlings instead of introducing species from outside the area and advising them about the density of vegetation required and best planting methods.