The Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park (FFRNP) is a independent volunteer community group who assist in the upkeep and conservation of this remarkable National Park. We are involved in bringing people together to enjoy the park, and also in scientific research. The park is the core area of the Fitzgerald Biosphere Reserve, formed in 1978 under the UNESCO ‘Man and the Biosphere’ program.
The FFRNP began as the Ongerup Conservation Organisation in 1971. It was formed in response to the threat of mining in the then un-managed “C” class nature reserve. The Fitzgerald River National Park was officially gazetted in January 1973. After the threat of mining diminished, the Ongerup Conservation Organisation went into recess and re-formed in 1980 as the FRNP Association, since renamed the Friends of the FRNP.
The seven person committee and approximately other 130 members comprise at present one of the largest active community groups on the south coast of Western Australia.