Vale John Clarke

It is with great sadness that the Board of the WPSP notes the passing of one of our founding Directors and Trustees, John Clarke on April 9th 2017. 


Alongside Professor John Swan, John helped forge and launch the Western Port Seagrass Partnership - an organisation which champions community desire for independent advocacy and fearless protection of the wonderful ecosystem of Western Port through education, awareness, partnership projects and scientific knowledge.

John Clarke made an early contribution to the establishment of our informative web site featuring many of the beautiful photographs of animals and plants he recorded on his property at Phillip Island. 

However, perhaps his most valuable legacy has been his direction and production of an outstanding resource, “Western Port The DVD”. This DVD is hugely popular and succinctly describes the treasures and challenges of Western Port and what people can do to help. The DVD includes fabulous interviews with local champions and scientists and several historic documentaries about Western Port and its wildlife.

Our Board meetings will never be the same without that trademark wit, clarity and “out of the box” thinking and inspiration.


Most of all we will miss the company of this thoroughly decent man.

Receive a free DVD. Register here and receive a free copy of the Western Port DVD. Includes a documentary hosted by John Clarke and earlier footage from the 1970s and 80s. This DVD is the comprehensive Western Port package. Offer available to Australian residents only. International queries and multiple copies can be requested via email to

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Western Port Seagrass Partnership would like to thank ESSO Australia Pty Ltd for its sponsorship of Western Port Cherished and Challenged DVD.

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