Price Philip mourned by Scenic Rim, Logan and Redlands conservationists

CONSERVATIONIST: The Duke of Edinburgh was president of the Australian Conservation Foundation in the 70s.
CONSERVATIONIST: The Duke of Edinburgh was president of the Australian Conservation Foundation in the 70s.

AS Scenic Rim, Logan and Redlands conservationists awoke this morning to the news that The Duke of Edinburgh had died, many were saddened at the passing of the former Australian Conservation Foundation president.

The ACF was established in 1965. They have fought to raise awareness of important issues including climate change and wildlife preservation, subjects close the heart for many environmentalists in south-east Queensland.

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy today released a statement on the passing of Prince Philip.

"It is with sadness that ACF's staff, board and council acknowledge the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh," said Mr O'Shanassy.

"For more than 60 years Prince Philip used his public profile to raise awareness about environmental issues around the world."

Mr O'Shanassy said Prince Philip was ACF's president from 1971 to 1976 and was passionate about many environmental issues in Australia.

"He spoke out about endangered species, the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, the flooding of Lake Pedder in Tasmania, the future of Kakadu, sandmining on Fraser Island and whaling, among many other issues.

"In fact, it was a suggestion from Prince Philip that led to ACF's creation.

"On a visit to Australia in 1963 Prince Philip floated the idea of a local branch of the World Wildlife Fund, to raise money for conservation efforts in Africa.

"Australian scientists knew the threats to Australia's own unique wildlife and ecosystems were growing, so took the suggestion as the impetus for creating our own national conservation group.

"ACF extends its deepest sympathy to the Queen and Prince Philip's family and friends."

The duke and Queen Elizabeth were married for more than 70 years, making him the longest-serving consort in British history.

The Duke passed away at Windsor Castle, aged 99.