To facilitate and support the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems
for the benefit of the environment and the community.
- To educate people about invasive plants, the impact of invasive plants on the natural environment
and man, and to encourage sustainable land practices.
- To develop and assist in projects aimed
at conserving natural areas and restoring degraded ecosystems for the benefit of man and the environment.
IEWF, registered 19 June 2003, is based in Sydney Australia.
In February 2007 we were accepted onto the Australian Government's
Register of Environmental Organisations
which means that donations made to us are tax deductible within Australia. In January 2007 we also became
the co-ordinators of the RNC Alliance in the Pacific region and also run and manage the RNC Alliance website
with the assistance of our sponsors eCorner Pty Ltd.
In October 2007 we were accepted as signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which commits
us to ethical practice and public accountability. We have since resigned however still commit to a professional
code of conduct. In keeping with this commitment
our annual financial accounts and annual report are available to any member of the public
on written request to IEWF, PO Box 635, Gladesville, NSW, Australia 1675.
Our Directors are
Bev Debrincat, Louise Brodie and John Debrincat.
Between us we have extensive expertise
in bushland management, conservation, the environment and information technology. See mini CVs below.
Our principal purposes are to:
(a) protect and enhance a significant aspect of the natural
environment by carrying out on-ground projects, monitoring and
(b) facilitate and support the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems; and
(c) create a web based invasive plant identification system which will
be available to the community on the internet to assist the average
non-scientist to identify weeds and obtain current information
regarding weed control techniques; and
(d) provide community information and education in relation to various
aspects of ecological restoration and sustainability.
IEWF is the co-ordinator for the RNC Alliance for the
Pacific region, networking local scientists and practitioners with those from overseas,
For more information about possible involvement or making a donation please
email us at [email protected].
All technical information published on our websites is validated
by professionals from the Botanic Gardens Trust in Sydney, XID Services in USA
or by the Directors of IEWF or project supervisors, as appropriate.
Follows are links to download our Constitution and policy documents:
Constitution updated 1 February 2021
IEWF Employment Policy last updated January 2020
IEWF Policy for Protecting Children
and Young People last updated January 2020
The Habitat General Work - Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Assessment 03 October 2018
Our accounts are audited in October each year.
Our Financial and Annual Reports are public documents and
are available to interested parties upon request.
Follows are links to download the last few year's Annual Reports also see our News page which we keep up-to-date
with our activities.
Annual Report June 2020 (371 KB)
Annual Report June 2019 (371 KB)
Annual Report June 2018 (710 KB)
Annual Report June 2017 (445 KB)
Annual Report June 2016 (496 KB)
Annual Report June 2015 (417 KB)
Annual Report June 2014 (355 KB)
Annual Report June 2013 (433 KB)
Annual Report June 2012 (239 KB)
Annual Report June 2011 (237 KB)
Annual Report June 2010 (330 KB)
Annual Report June 2009 (251 KB)
Annual Report June 2008 (80.1 KB)
Annual Report June 2007 (259 KB)
Mini CVs for Directors:
Bev Debrincat is the Founder and Executive Director of International Environmental Weed Foundation (IEWF)
which is now trading as Habitat Network and includes The Habitat community nursery and garden.
Being a practical organiser, with a background in the computer industry and bushland management, Bev is able to undertake a wide range
of projects. Her education and experience encompasses systems development and management, marketing, bushland management
(formerly an on-ground supervisor with the National Trust). Bev is
active in both city Bushcare and country Landcare. As a landholder, in the Macleay Valley Coast (Northern Coast LLS region),
for the past 35+ years she has co-managed the regeneration and restoration of her 22.92 hectare property of which 22.8 hectares are
now under Voluntary Conservation Agreement. Bev was also Financial Controller for her family eBusiness company, eCorner Pty Limited.
IEWF, Bev, the volunteer network and other partners have been successful in winning and managing grants for projects such as coastal
dune restoration works, bush regeneration, creek restoration and education in both Sydney and/or the mid-north coast.
Bev is on the committee of Greater Sydney Landcare Network (GSLN) and represents GSLN and Greater Sydney care groups and
volunteers including Landcare and Bushcare on the Landcare NSW Council and Executive.
Louise Brodie) is a director of International Environmental Weed Foundation (IEWF) and has qualifications in
agriculture and horticulture. She has held a number of senior positions during her career including having been a member of the
Board of Greening Australia (NSW). Her background is in bushland restoration and vegetation management. Louise is also an active
member of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators and carries out a variety of functions for the organisation.
More recently Louise worked with funding programs which assist landowners in managing
and restoring their land for biodiversity. Louise has now retired from the Office of Environment and Heritage,
Department of Premier and Cabinet where she put in place agreements with landholders to manage their land for natural and cultural heritage.
As a landholder on the NSW South Coast, Louise carries out weed control, revegetation and habitat creation. Louise works in
her local area as a volunteer with Landcare and at a local community nursery propagating native plants for the local area.
John Debrincat has over 45 years experience in business and the Information and Communication Technology Industry
he is semi-retired and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.
John is a Director of IEWF, focused on environmental restoration and management. He is a director or eCorner Pty Ltd an
Australian specialist eCommerce solutions provider. John is chairman of the board of the ACS Foundation a charity that provides
scholarships and research funds to assist students to enter the information technology industry. He is an Honorary Life Governor
School of Information Technology, Sydney University and member of the Information Technology Advisory Board. He is also on the
industry advisory board of Health Language Analytics LLC which specialises in Natural Language Processing of clinical prose documents.