Friends of Kings Park announces Michael Tichbon OAM as Patron

8 July, 2020

Michael Tichbon OAM and Hemigenia Tichbonii at the Mt Gibson Sanctuary, 350km North-East of Perth. Photo: Donna Brown

The Friends of Kings Park is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Patron, Michael Tichbon OAM.

Michael Tichbon is a passionate conservationist and generous supporter of the Friends of Kings Park. Through his donations, he has facilitated grants from the Friends of Kings Park Fund to advance the important scientific and horticultural work undertaken at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

“Michael has devoted his time and energy over many years to working for the conservation and protection of WA wildlife and wildflowers.” said Dr Ian Kerr, President of the Friends of Kings Park.

“Michael is eminently suited to the position of Patron of the Friends of Kings Park”

Michael’s dedication was recognised in 2019 when he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his lifetime service to conservation and the environment. In 2016, the rare native plant Hemigenia Tichbonii, was named in his honour.

Michael’s connection to the Friends began in 2013 when he learnt of the work of the Friends of Kings Park Fund in providing grants to PhD students and BGPA staff to undertake research and projects to protect and develop rare cultivars of native flora.

“I am keen to encourage people to grow more endangered WA native plants as they are water wise, require significantly less artificial watering and are more suited to Western Australia’s drying climate” said Michael

“I am impressed that Kings Park and the Friends promote the regeneration and propagation of rare plants so people can buy them and plant them in their gardens. Otherwise we will lose them all together. There is no point in locking them away where no one can see them.”

Dr Kerr noted that Michael Tichbon’s role as Patron of the Friends would involve support and promotion of the Friends’ objectives through advocacy and other means.