It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Natural Carbon Pty Ltd announce the death of its esteemed board member, Phillip Toyne AO.
As Director of EcoFutures, Phillip was instrumental in the formation of Natural Carbon, a joint venture of EcoFutures, Climate Friendly, South Pole Carbon, McCullough Robertson and Object Consulting. Natural Carbon project manages carbon farming projects with a particular focus on indigenous projects.
Upon its formation in May 2014, Natural Carbon announced the signing of an agreement with Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and Olkola Aboriginal Corporation to conduct savannah burning on their 13,000 square kilometres in Cape York to comply with the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming initiative. This program represented a major step forward for the Olkola people. It opened a door for their younger generation to work on country with their elders strengthening their traditional law and culture.
“It is a great pleasure for our company to be able to originate the first large scale carbon farming projects on Cape York with traditional owners. We see many benefits in greenhouse gas reduction, biodiversity protection and reinforcement of traditional culture flowing from these projects, which should be apparent over many years that the savannah burning activity can be conducted. This represents an exciting development in North Queensland and can be replicated in many other parts of the Cape,” said Phillip at the time.
Phillip Toyne was a man of passion and vision who relentlessly pursued the causes he believed in. He died on Saturday after a long struggle with cancer with his family by his side.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Molly and sons Jamie, Atticus and Aaron.