Mr. Dunphy has for many years played a leading role in several Australian NGOs and government committees concerned with environmental management. As Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation since 1983, he has worked successfully for the creation and management of national parks.
Greening Australia is a national, community-based organization working with Australians to establish, rehabilitate and manage Australia's vegetation. Since 1982, it has developed and implemented vegetation programmes for four national governments. Activities include the National Tree Programme and the One Billion Trees Programme through which more than 800 million trees have been planted, sown through direct seedling or protected so they could regenerate. In 1996/1997, Green Australia protected or regenerated 8,194 hectares of remnant vegetation and planted 5,000 hectares of trees and shrubs. Greening Australia encourages Australians to change the way they think about vegetation, and this has been achieved through grassroots activities. For example, during a 12-month period in 1996 and 1997, Greening Australia's 200 strong staff worked with 3,000 landcare and community groups and more than 500 local government organizations; conducted 300 public presentations, delivered more than 8,000 hours of training to landowners, schools, councils and community groups; organized activities attended by more than 28,000 people; and handled 22,000 requests for information. Green Australia stimulates community and business support which adds value to government funding by a factor of at least four, through funding, materials, equipment, skills, time, labour and land use.