Protecting and enhancing Mosman’s natural wealth


Our Mission

The Foundation raises and disperses funds to unleash the potential of local partners to preserve, protect and enhance the natural wealth of Mosman. We support good environmental practise and educational initiatives in our community.

The foundation was set up through Mosman Council with an inaugural grant from Don Seaton – a local who was passionate about the environment. The first board members were appointed in 2021.

We have funded locals to deliver: Living Seawalls to support life in our waterways, sensory gardens to help children connect to nature, weeded critical areas of national parks, a youth bush school, research projects protecting underwater forests and endangered seahorses, taught children how to compost and grow food, seeded wild grasses and flowers and brought schools together to celebrate the environment. Apply in the next round to get your project added to this list!

What We Do


We provide regular grants to local community organisations for worthwhile environmental projects.


We raise funds through our regular giving program, via discretionary personal donations and corporate support.


We seek to educate the local community on ways in which they can influence local environmental outcomes.

Supporting Local Projects

Want to make a difference to Mosman’s natural environment and heritage? Do you have a project that improves the quality of Mosman’s flora, fauna, soil, air or water?

You can apply as an individual, an organisation, group or company, as long as your project enhances and protects Mosman’s natural wealth. All applications will be reviewed by the board and short-listed applicants will be interviewed.

You can download a copy of our Grant Application Guidelines here.

To apply, please email us directly here.

Grant are up to $10,000, however we will also consider larger projects where the benefit to the environment is significant.

Meet Our Board Members

Dr David Robertson

Dr David Robertson portrait for Mosman Environmental website

Dr David Robertson is a respected ecological expert with 35 years of ecology experience since obtaining his doctorate at Melbourne University in 1985.

David has wide expertise in botany and zoology. After lecturing at Charles Sturt University for many years, he worked for the Australian Museum, and a global ecological consultancy, before founding Cumberland Ecology in 2003. 

Working across terrestrial and freshwater aquatic habitats, he has substantial experience in surveying and monitoring to provide ecologically sustainable project outcomes.

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David has established himself as a trusted expert witness in the Land and Environment Court and has a special interest in threatened species impacts, ecologically sustainable renewable energy solutions, terrestrial and aquatic monitoring and surveying.

Amassing diverse experience with flora and fauna in all Australian states and territories, parts of southern and southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, David has worked on most Australian vegetation, from rainforest to subalpine grasslands through to mangroves. He has investigated projects involving a wide variety of threatened plants and animals.

Yolande Stone

Yolande Stone portrait for Mosman Environmental website

Yolande Stone (BSc, UQld, M Env Stud, UNSW) worked as a plant pathologist in Queensland and then in chemical research in California including in a program to develop pesticides to replace DDT. 

Yolande recently retired after 20 years in the Department of Planning where she was Director of Planning Policy, Systems and Reform and was also involved in the environmental assessment of major projects. She is still gives lectures at the University of Sydney to postgraduate students on EIA and DA processes.

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As a resident of Mosman since 1979, Yolande has been actively involved in local community organisations including Mosman Parks and Bushland Association and is a volunteer in the Council’s bushcare and harbourcare programs. 

Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor portrait for Mosman Environmental website

Clare Taylor has spent 25 years in corporate marketing and fundraising for some of the world’s biggest brands. She has taken this experience into environmental areas, setting up the Mosman Environment Group and as Secretary for Northern Beaches Beekeepers.

She has two hives of honey bees in her garden where she also grows her own vegetables.

Phil Vernon

Phil Vernon portrait for Mosman Environmental website

Phil is a professional director and adviser with a focus on sustainable finance. He was previously CEO and Managing Director of Australian Ethical Investment and Group Executive with Perpetual Limited.

Currently, he is a Director of Futurity Investment Group, Eticore Pty Limited, climate change think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, the Environmental Defender’s Office and the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.   

Bruce Rolph

Bruce Rolph portrait for Mosman Environmental website

As a longtime Mosman resident, Bruce enjoys a deep appreciation of our amazing natural environment and believes the Mosman Environment Foundation can play an important role in protecting and enhancing the assets that ensure Mosman is a uniquely wonderful place to live.

Bruce brings extensive relevant skills and experience to the Foundation, including pioneering environmental, social and governance research globally for Citigroup, recently being awarded the University Prize and a Master of Environmental Management (UNSW), and current board leadership roles including as a Director of Landcare (NSW). Locally, Bruce is a longstanding committee member of the Headland Preservation Group (HPG).