Bob Brown

Bob (Robert James) Brown, was born in 1944 and educated in rural New South Wales, before becoming the captain of Blacktown Boys High School and graduating in medicine from Sydney University in 1968. He helped establish the Wilderness Society, which organised the blockade of the dam works on Tasmania’s’ Franklin River in 1982–3, and acted as its Director for five years. The blockade saw 1500 people arrested and 600 jailed, including Bob who spent 19 days in Risdon Prison. The day after his release in 1983, he was elected as the first Green into Tasmania’s Parliament.

As a state MP, Bob introduced initiatives such as Freedom of Information, Death with Dignity, lower parliamentary salaries, gay law reform, banning the battery-hen industry, nuclear free Tasmania and protection of native forests. Labor and Liberal voted against his 1987 bill to ban semi-automatic guns, nearly a decade before the Port Arthur massacre.

In 1989, he led the five-member Greens parliamentary team, which held the balance of power with the Field Labor Government. The Greens saved 25 schools from closure, created more than 1000 jobs through its local initiatives job scheme, doubled the size of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area to 1.4 million hectares, created the Douglas-Apsley National Park and supported tough fiscal measures to rid the state of the previous Liberal debt. Bob resigned from the State Parliament in 1993 and Christine Milne took over as leader of the Tasmanian Greens.

In 1996 Bob was elected to the Australian Senate where he was a leader of he national debate on climate change, Australia’s involvement in war, the green economy, preventative healthcare, conservation, and human rights. He introduced many private senator’s bills including electoral and parliamentary reform, for the rights of the territories, junk food advertising, against mandatory sentencing of Aboriginal children, and forestry. Elected leader of the Greens in 2005 Bob saw the federal Greens parliamentary team expand to five in 2007 and ten in 2010.

Bob Brown has been a life-long activist.  He was assaulted at protests against logging at Tasmania’s Farmhouse Creek in 1986, in 1995 was jailed twice for demonstrating to protect Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness from logging and in 2006 he began years of legal action to protect Tasmania’s Wielangta forest. In 1990, Bob established the Australian Bush Heritage Fund using his Goldman Environmental Prize and in 1992 was a driving force behind the formation of the Australian Greens.  His books include ‘Lake Pedder’, ‘Wild Rivers’, ‘Tarkine Trails’, ‘The Greens’, ‘Memo for a Saner World’, ‘Earth’, ‘In Balfour St.’, ‘Optimism’ and ‘Green Nomads’.

Bob resigned from the Senate in June 2012 to establish the Bob Brown Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting environmental campaigns and green causes in Australia and our region. He is a published author and acclaimed photographer.

Bob lives in Tasmania with his partner Paul and enjoys photography, bushwalking, poetry, and philosophy.

Mary Breunig

Mary Breunig is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University and the Director of the Brock University Social Justice and Equity Studies Program. She has worked in the field(s) of experiential education for over 25 years and is currently past-president of the Association for Experiential Education.

Her research interests include outdoor and environmental education within the K-12 schools (Ontario), experiential education and social justice; critical pedagogy and Freirean praxis both in and out of the classroom; wilderness trips and psychological sense of community. She is both an outdoor enthusiast and an urban flannel.

Recent Graduates have studied Exploring the Ecological Self, Migrant Farm Workers in Niagara, Organizational Change in Summer Camps, Cultivating the Foundations of Social Justice in Outdoor Programs, Exploring Metis Ancestry through Auto-Ethnography, Outdoor, Experiential Education in K-12 Yukon Schools, The Effects of Wilderness Trips on Young People living with Diabetes, among others.

Mark Leather

Senior Lecturer and Programme Area Leader – Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Plymouth Marjon University.

University of Exeter – EdD Doctorate in Education
University of Edinburgh – MSc Outdoor Education
University of Exeter – BSc (Hons) Science Education with QTS
FHEA – Fellow Higher Education Academy
APIOL – Institute for Outdoor Learning Accredited Practitioner
BCU, MTA, RYA – a variety of outdoor coaching, instructing and leadership awards

Mark Leather is an outdoor educator who has the good fortune to teach in a University in the original “Plymouth” in England. He enjoys connecting with people, places and the planet and is fortunate to do this through his highly average ability as a sailor, skier, canoeist, and mountaineer

Mark was attracted to outdoor education through his time as a young boy in the scouts, beach holidays with the family and when he realised that his future as an English cricket legend would be in impossible since he is a bad loser – and the endless torture of watching England lose [cricket, football, rugby] meant that he needed his own challenges, and the outdoors provided these.

Mark enjoys meeting people in “the tribe” of outdoor education from around the world and is fortunate that sometimes they listen to what he has to say.

Given the choice, you will most likely find him on or near the sea, at a beach or on a boat – when he is not wrangling student assignments or his ‘dad’s taxi’ duties.

Dr Allen Hill

Dr Allen Hill is a Principal Lecturer in Sustainability and Outdoor Education at ARA Institute of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. Allen joined the team at ARA in July, 2016 from the University of Tasmania, Australia, where he still holds an adjunct Senior Lecturer position in the Faculty of Education.

Before his transition into tertiary education, Allen was a secondary school teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand for 11 years. During this time he held a number of leadership roles including Head of Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education, and Head of Assessment in a large co-educational state secondary school.

Allen’s professional career can be characterized by an enduring commitment to the development of people through education coupled with a strong concern for issues of justice, sustainability, transformation, and citizenship. How education can engage people with meaningful outdoor learning experiences and contribute to a sustainable future through connecting people with each other and with the places they inhabit is at the heart of his research and teaching interests.

When Allen is not at work or hanging out with his wife and 3 kids he can often be found dressed in lycra on 2 wheels.

About the Association

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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