- Mary White Address – Janet Richardson
“Flying low – a bird’s eye view of conservation ”
Friday 10 June
10.00am – 12.00pm
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
Dorrigo National Park
Dome Road Dorrigo
Despite a BSc (Biol.) and qualifications in Environmental Management, JANET RICHARDSON was side-tracked into a different career path soon after graduating. She initially worked as Dick Smith’s Special Projects Manager then bought a travel business.
In the 1980s, Janet was appalled by mass tourism’s exploitative nature so she founded Tread Lightly, the world’s first ecotourism magazine which highlighted responsible travel products as an alternative to mass tourism. Ecotourism & Nature-based Holidays (Choice Books) followed. The book became a “must read” for travellers with a conscience.
Janet was President of the Ecotourism Association of Australia and for many years served on boards and committees, gave talks and wrote articles on the benefits of using ecotourism as a conservation tool. From the late 1990s, Janet lectured on responsible travel subjects at UWS and wrote a column for Tourism & Hospitality Review, a national travel trade magazine.
As a pilot, Janet has flown around most of Australia and when flying coastal at low altitude from Coffs Harbour to Sydney, she thought it was only a matter of time before some pretty villages under her wings faced developers. She wrote The Lemongrass Project (2014), her debut novel about a proposed development that divides communities on the mid-north coast.