Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) Chief Executive Officer, Kelly O’Shanassy, said:

“It is with great sadness that ACF’s staff, board and council acknowledge the passing of Murray Wilcox.

“Murray was a man who contributed much to our organisation and to the protection of nature. He made Australia a better place.

“Before he was a Federal Court judge, Murray Wilcox was ACF’s President from 1979 to 1984 – a crucial time for the Australian conservation movement.

“Murray Wilcox convened key meetings in 1982 and early 1983 which brought Australia’s environment movement together to oppose the proposal for a dam on the Franklin River in Tasmania, which became one of the defining conservation campaigns in our nation’s history.

“With his immense legal expertise, Murray drafted a paper that informed the eventual legislation that saw the Federal Government intervene to stop the dam and save the Franklin River.

“In recent years Murray Wilcox was a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law – a group of jurists that developed a detailed blueprint for a new and stronger generation of national environment laws for our country to replace the current Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

“Murray Wilcox was awarded an Order of Australia in 2010 and was an honorary ACF life member.

“ACF extends its deepest sympathy to Murray’s family and friends.”

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