Michelle Grady leads Pew’s marine work in Australia, collaborating with conservation, science, and community partners to safeguard unique marine life and ecosystems. She has over 20 years of experience in Australia in conservation advocacy, organisational and campaign management, and providing policy advice to the government.
Michelle has specialised in securing protection for large intact areas of land and sea, including the internationally significant Coongie Lakes wetlands in South Australia, and the world’s largest network of marine parks and sanctuaries around Australia.
After working as an adviser to two Senators, Michelle headed the Conservation Council of South Australia for a decade, during which time she led successful multilateral campaigns on climate change, native vegetation protection, marine conservation, planning law reform, biodiversity conservation, and protected areas.
Before joining Pew, she was a senior adviser to the government in biodiversity law reform and strategic program development. Michelle serves in statutory posts with organisations that include the Fisheries Council of South Australia and the Aquaculture Advisory Council.
Michelle lives in Perth and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Adelaide University and a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration from the University of South Australia. She is a recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal for service to the community in education, environment, advocacy, leadership, and conservation.
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The 30-minute film documents the experiences of people living and working close to sanctuaries for marine life. From Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and Maria Island in Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales coast, each of the reserves featured in the film is a world-class example of conservation and recreation interests working hand-in-hand. The sanctuaries, established more... Read More
In late 2014, Australia’s government announced that it had suspended its world-leading network of marine sanctuaries and would review both the science and the initial arguments behind the network’s designation—despite more than 10 years of scientific assessment and 750,000 submissions in support of high numbers of sanctuaries. Read More