Mathew Townsend

Queensland
Environmental scientist, inclusion advocate

Mathew understands the power that comes from connecting with nature. And he knows it's even better when you can explore the outdoors with others. Yet as someone who lives with autism and a hearing impairment, he felt excluded from both environmental groups and employment in the sustainability space. This is why in 2017, he founded Nature Freedom – a social enterprise that gives people from all walks of life and all abilities the opportunity to connect with nature and each other. Nature Freedom runs a range of eco crafts and environmental workshops in South-East Queensland, with more outdoor activities planned. Mathew's ultimate goal is to hire more people with disabilities and set a good example of what the community and employment space should look like.

Mathew Townsend