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The encounter between ourselves and the land is a live concern. Elsewhere this story is largely done and dusted, with nature in stumbling retreat, but here our life in nature remains an open question and how we answer it will define not just our culture and politics but our very survival. Tim Winton, 'Island Home'

Tim Winton is the Patron of the Native Australian Animals Trust. A multi award-winning Australian author, the natural environment plays a central role in Tim's work as a novelist and essayist. Tim has long been a passionate advocate for the Australian environment, and his involvement as Patron reflects that passion.