Marion Blackwell AM

Environmental scientist and landscape architect

WANomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Marion Blackwell AM, is a renowned environmental scientist and landscape architect.

Marion conducted a series of pioneering surveys in WA and helped create a number of Australia’s national parks, including Purnululu (the Bungle Bungles).

Guided by her deep respect for the knowledge of Indigenous Australians, she was instrumental in helping to identify the vast riches of the west of the continent, highlighting the importance of one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Amongst her many achievements, Marion played a key role in the design and landscaping of Murdoch University. She has contributed to an extensive range of organisations including the National Parks and Nature Conservation Authority.

Throughout her life Marion has been a dedicated teacher and champion for women.

Her long and distinguished environmental career was recognised with her appointment to the board of the Environmental Protection Authority WA.