Leanne & Stuart Brosnan

Community and conservation champions

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Leanne and Stuart Brosnan are dedicated to improving the lives of regional drought-affected communities and protecting their wildlife.

Leanne is a director of The Wombat Foundation, the only organisation dedicated to the conservation of the northern hairy nosed wombat. She has worked to build community awareness of the wombat’s plight and has also built important relationships with landowners to help ensure the survival of this critically endangered species.

Leanne has also helped coordinate projects aimed at invigorating the local economy. This has included organising silo art murals and a giant hairy nosed wombat sculpture to boost tourism. She and Stuart, along with a group of their friends, purchased their local hotel to reinvigorate it and save the last remaining business for their tiny community.

Despite Stuart’s paralysis, the couple have worked on many projects in support of people with disabilities. Stuart is CFO of Bundaberg’s Community Lifestyle Support, which employs 270 local people.

As community mentors, the couple support people with disability to live their lives with joy and purpose and empower others to launch their own community projects.