Carolyn Emms CEO and Founding Member

Carolyn Emms has been involved with revegetation projects since 1990. Carolyn has supported many Conservation Groups towards the purchase of over 400,000 hectares of land of high conservation value and donated towards the establishment of Cambden Sounds Sanctuary for Humpback Whales, Picaninni Plains, Cape York, Egbaston Station, and Mission Beach rainforest. Carolyn has purchased Rainforest land to establish Rock Road Wildlife Corridor which has been sold to Endeavour Trust for Nature. Carolyn established Barrine Park Nature Refuge which she expanding for the Tablelands Cassowary Facility.


Richard Hare     B.Bus   CPA

Richard holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a CPA Member of CPA Australia.He has worked in the Public Practice Accounting industry for the past 26 years; specialising in Self Managed Superannuation Fund advice, taxation and business advisory services. Richard also owns and manages a busy retail business in Edge Hill. He has been involved in many not for profit organisations, clubs and associations in the local area and is enjoying being involved RRA due to the important environmental preservation role it is taking on.


Geoff Onus

Geoff has been working for conservation and repair of rainforest areas in North Queensland for 32 years. He has worked for NGO’s, Government agencies, research organisations, the private sector and is currently the manager director of a North Queensland based Natural Resource Management Company. Geoff has been an advocate for conservation and the rainforest rehabilitation sector over this time and has sat on executive boards of community conservation groups including TREAT. He has overseen extensive revegetation projects with over 500,000 native rainforest seedlings planted in environmental significant areas under his supervision.


Belinda Bogart Dip Teach, B Ed, M Ed, Dip Special Needs (G&T)

Belinda has recently retired from many years teaching in both primary and secondary settings. Her family has always been involved in community projects, particularly those involved with the preservation of the environment and species. Belinda is currently participating in turtle rehabilitation activities and working as a founding member of Rainforest Reserves Australia, both of which fulfil her desire to do something worthwhile to sustain the environment and help preserve our native wildlife.


Rosemary Taylor

Secretary and founding member of Rainforest Reserves had completed MPA at James Cook University 2016. Has owned and operated a construction Company in Townsville and currently starting a construction company in Cairns. Rose is 36 years old and has four children. Rose is a Creative writer who enjoys editing. Rose’s family has participated in Community Tree plantings over the past 10 years.  Rose is passionate about Australian conservation, our national assets for the future generation.


Steven Nowakowski

Steven Nowakowski is a widely published nature photographer who specialises in natural history subjects and publications. His self publishing business now distributes globally and fulfils Steven’s desire to convey his love for nature. Apart from photography and publishing, Steven has been active in many environmental issues for most of his life from direct activism to participating on committees of environmental organisations. Rainforest Reserves has a big future as an organisation that can restore and secure threatened rainforest habitats.


Teesha Wellington

Teesha is a passionate conservationist of the Wet Tropics Bio-Region and provides on-ground and technical support in land management projects within the Wet Tropics’. With 15 years experience in the industry, beginning in a traineeship with the Department of Environment and Science in their Northern Region Office in 2004. Since then she has worked in virous roles both in the Department and more recently in the commercial sector specialising in Rehabilitation and Biosecurity projects.


Philip Emms & Founding Member

Phil is a Regenerative Cattle farmers who is passionate about working with nature to achieve good farming outcomes for farm bio-diversity, soil health for nourishing foods. His experience has been a pragmatic-hands on approach towards the development of conservation projects, maintenance tracks and cassowary inventions which helps us to dehumanize Cassowaries prior to their release back to the wild. Prior to selling out, we were involved in Environmental outcomes to secure property for wildlife corridor connections. The sale of the Business enabled donations of over $1m of donations towards supporting other conservation groups to purchase ecologically valuable properties for their protection. Phil is proud to be a founding member of Rainforest Reserves Australia.