Our patron

Barbara Hardy AO

Barbara Hardy has been working passionately in the environment field in a voluntary capacity since the early 1970s. She has been a Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission, President of the National Parks Foundation of South Australia (now the Nature Foundation SA), Founding President of the Investigator Science and Technology Centre and Chairperson of the South Australian Landcare Committee amongst a number of other roles.

Barbara Hardy was appointed an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1987 and has received numerous awards including the Advance Australia Award 1991, SA Great Award 1992, Institution of Engineers Medal 1992, ABC Eureka Award for the Advancement of Science 1994 and was named South Australian Citizen of the Year in 1996. She is now a Companion of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy where she is a member of the Hydrogen Division.

She served as the appointed Member from Australia on the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED), a major international project initiated and funded by the Japanese Ministry for Environment from 2001 to 2006. APFED "aims to propose a model of equitable and sustainable development for Asia and the Pacific Region."

Barbara holds a Science Degree (majoring in Chemistry) from the University of Adelaide (1947) and studied Earth Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia from 1974-79. In addition she received an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University in 1993 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide in 2011.

Barbara has a long and valued association with the University of South Australia. She was a founding board member of the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technology from 2006 to 2009 when she then became patron of UniSA's Centre for Sustainable Urban Environments: The Barbara Hardy Centre. In 2011, Barbara became patron of UniSA's Barbara Hardy Institute.

Barbara's principal interests are in ecologically sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, environmental valuation, renewable energy production and use, and in business and industrial matters especially as they affect the environment within which we all live.

In recognition of our patron's exemplary environmental and scientific work, Barbara has been announced as the Senior South Australian of the Year for 2014!