Felicity Wishart

1965 – 2015


Flic was a lifelong campaigner for nature. From the Franklin campaign at age 17 to her central role in the Fight for the Reef, she was at the heart of many of Australia’s biggest environmental battles. She worked at ACF on the World Heritage listing of Queensland’s Wet Tropics, as Director of the Queensland Conservation Council on the campaign to stop land clearing, and for TWS on climate change and marine conservation. Flic was leading the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s campaign to protect the Reef from dredging, dumping and coal mining when she died so suddenly and tragically. Along the way she raised two children, Bardi and Clancy, with partner Todd Harborow.

Flic was the warmest of people but an utterly tenacious opponent, slight in stature but lion-hearted, quiet in manner but inspiring in action. She was a friend and mentor to many, especially encouraging young women to believe in themselves and step forward as activists and leaders. At the women’s gathering that inspired WELA Flic was typically thoughtful and practical in working out what should come next. And so we have WELA.