A picture of a Malleefowl by D. Walker


Local concern for the decline of the Gnowangerup Shire fauna emblem, the “gnow” (South West Australian Aboriginal name for Malleefowl) led to the formation of the Malleefowl Preservation Group in 1992. Now “hands on” group activities are focused on working with farmers and pastoralists providing agency and similar interest organisations with a direct link to rural community conservation programs.

The Malleefowl Preservation Group was originally based in Ongerup, a small farming township approximately 400 km south east of Perth, Western Australia. Ongerup is one of three small towns in Gnowangerup Shire. The farming landscape in the region today is very different from the mallee bushland which dominated the area prior to the wide scale clearing for agriculture (cereal grain and sheep). In recognition of these changes resulting in loss of biodiversity, in particular the Malleefowl, local farmers and community members banded together to form the Malleefowl Preservation Group in August 1992.

Moving forward, the Malleefowl Preservation Group is now located in the heart of Fremantle and is expanding its programs to encompass more on-ground conservation activities across the broader landscape of Western Australia.

MPG  Objectives

As is the case globally, the health of the environment in Western Australia is of critical importance to a flourishing human society. Absent a healthy environment, human societies will suffer decreasing quality of life and may experience social-ecological system tipping points beyond which conditions supporting human habitation of the planet become marginal or even untenable.

The Malleefowl, protected by state and federal legislation, is both an indicator species of ecosystem health and an iconic species which can rally people to support conservation and sustainability, in aid of a healthy environment and a flourishing human society.

Largely through the lens of the Malleefowl, the MPG will conduct its business, aimed at these objectives.

1. to promote and to undertake practical work in the conservation of nature in Western Australia, including the Malleefowl and its habitat.

2. to develop understanding of the Malleefowl and other native species and the social-ecological systems in which they live.

3. to engage individuals, communities and groups in thinking, planning and acting in support of the conservation of the Malleefowl and other native species in the context of sustainable development in Western Australia.

4. to apply, as a learning organisation, the principles of adaptive management to the practice and evolution of natural resource management in Western Australia.

5. to work in effective collaboration with government agencies, corporations, groups and individuals towards these objectives.

6. to work in aid of these objectives nationally.

Administration and Management

The Malleefowl Preservation Group operates on a volunteer basis with a small paid staff. The Board comprises:

Board meetings are conducted regularly and members are invited to raise any matter of interest to them. Please contact the office for the next meeting date and time, and assistance with your issue.

Online Contact Form:

18/27 Market Street, Fremantle, WA 6160


(08) 9467 9613