Sandy Purves is based in the Southern Highlands of NSW. She established the Purryburry Trust in 2011 to support environmental projects. The Trust has funded projects ranging from the management of nature reserves to the reduction of marine plastic pollution and the communication of climate science. In addition, Sandy has a special interest in projects which use visual art to generate community engagement in environmental issues. Projects supported with this focus include CLIMARTE festivals and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s Skullbone Experiment and Punchbowl Poets and Painters.
Another major focus of the Trust is the use of communications and media to better inform the wider public about environmental issues. Sandy joined the AEGN to seek opportunities to make stronger impact through co-funding key projects with other members.