Trust For Nature Port Phillip and Westernport manager Ben Cullen said the gift was invaluable. “This is such a significant part of the landscape and it’s a gift that gives new hope for threatened species in the area,” Ben said. “John and Helen have already done such an incredible job of rehabilitating the land and we look forward to continuing this work, incorporating traditional owner knowledge. We are very grateful.”
John was already a much-loved comedy figure in his native New Zealand when he arrived in Australia in the 1970s. For 27 years, he appeared on Australian television conducting mock interviews and skewering politicians with his comedy partner, Bryan Dawe. He would have celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday.