Joe Friend resume


1994-continuing Environmental Consultant
Consulting and advising on native, rare and new crops, and Neem product development and 'Deep Soils Therapy'.

1993-1994 Department of Environment and Heritage, Qld
Trainer/or the Aboriginal Community
Supervision and coordination of outdoor work activities and constructions in rainforest environment. Youth Conservation Corps/Department for Environment and Heritage, Cairns

1990-1993 Self Employed
Business Manager
Direction of business development, establishing rainforest species nursery (Sydney) and selling neem trees and neem products.

1983 - 1990 Boston Network University
Lecturing on a casual basis on 'deep soils', soil science and sustainability (Yungaburra, Far North Queensland).

1977 - 1982 University of New England, Armidale NSW
Researcher and Lecturer
Evaluation of biocontrol agents against pest beetle and moth species on pecan plantations. Also lecturing final year rural science students on sustainable agriculture.

1975 - 1976 University of Queensland
Researcher and Author
Monitoring and analysis of fluoride contamination on plant species, plus data assessment. Writing of scientific reports on food irradiation's effects on fresh foods.


Environmental and Political Campaigning experience

2002 Coordinator and organiser of Australia's First Regional Conference on Camphor Laurel containment

2001 Initiated new Internet Domain site

2000 Commenced Camphor Laurel Research Centre.

1999 Success in lobbying National Party MPs to effect Declaration of 'Noxious Weed' Status for Camphor Laurel, with a view to its elimination/containment/replacement (Thomas George MP)

1998 Campaigned (Lismore) for Australian Democrats returning a record number of Senators to Canberra, historic allegation of NRA - corruption (Canberra).

1995 'CHARPS', Cairns Hillslopes and Rainforest Protection Society member; National Policy Convenor for Australian Greens on Intergenerational Equity. Committee Member, FNQ Greens, Cairns, 'Neem Peace' goes on-line.

1994 Environmental Aid project Coordinator, 'Neem in Lombok with—YSF Mataram. Coordinator Cheryl Kernot luncheon in Cairns.

1993 Campaign Assistant on election day, Yorkeys Knob, Emerald Creek and Atherton/Greens (FNQ); launched 'Neem Peace'.

1992- 1993 Green Party (Qld) campaigner, and member, Atherton and Cairns; Electoral booth staff. Submission to Qld Government on a 'Sustainable Sugar Industry' and 'Sustainable Coastal Fishing' - Qld Parliamentary Enquiry.

1991 Lobbyist and representative for the national organisation "Australians for An Ecologically Sustainable Population' to the 'Western Sydney Network of Environmental Organisations' (WESNEO), for protection of the Hawkesbury River's cultural and natural history values.

1990 Completed (national) campaign recognising soils as non-renewable resources. First conceived of importance of the 'Sustainable Timespan', and published in U.S. Journal.

1990 Campaign assistant in N-W Sydney local government election, in successful bid to elect Ron Gibbs as Councillor to Baulkham Hills Shire, Castle Hill.

1990 Technical Advisor to National ESD Committee on Reducing CFC Emissions, Sydney, and reducing chloride emissions to the atmosphere.

1989 Coordinator, Sydney Rainforest Action Group's sub-group Sarawak Legal Observers' to raise funds, delegate tasks and send chosen lawyers to East Malaysia to represent arrested, and detailed Penan forest people, and provide support. Reports by and to Sydney lawyers.

1988 Electoral Officer - researcher, for Senator Irina Dunn, in Sydney, working on south east New South Wales forest-woodchipping issues, and Jervis Bay.

1986 Coordinator for a campaign luncheon talk by Senator Janine Haines, Leader of the Australian Democrats, Hobart.

1986 (NEPAL) Campaigning informally to Minister for Tourism, Kathmandu for establishment of national policy/ies for setting 'sustainable limits' for trek-tourism by regions based on rates of energy usage, and sensitivity of mountain region/s.

1985 Policy Coordinator for Australian Democrats for preparation of that Party's policy on Aboriginal people in Tasmania. Electoral Booth staff and Scrutineer, Hobart.

1985 Assistant to Dr Bob Brown, Tasmanian Greens, to be re-elected in Tasmanian Parliaments, and as activist against southern Tasmanian woodchipping; worked with Wilderness Society on 'recycled paper' and international wilderness issues. Hobart.

1984 Delegated Branch Publicity Officer (Hobart)for Southern Tasmania Democrats to have Dr Norm Sanders elected representative Senator. Successful.

1983 Publicity Officer for the Australia Democrats (Tasmania Branch), Hobart. Support person for Franklin River campaign strategy.

1982 Commenced federal campaign to formally recognise soils as 'non renewable' resources.

1981 Foundation Member AAEE, Australian Association for Environmental Education.

1978-1980 Part-time campaigning for saving the Franklin River, S-W Tasmania from damming. Lobbying key politicians to Acting PM level.

1976-1977 Foundation Member (in Sydney) / formation of the Wilderness Society, and the Australian New Zealand Solar Energy Society.

1970-1971 Shareholder, and activist for Colong Foundation, Sydney; key campaign to save the Kanangra-Boyd National Park from mining (caves). Foundation Member, Friends of the Earth (UK) London.

1950-1969 Raised on an organic farm near Sydney, promoting 'clean food'.


LIST OF FIRSTS concerning Camphor Laurel research in Australia (1998 – 2003); first five-yearly assessment.


2003 First listing of Unique and Toxic Chemical Constituents of Southern Hemisphere Camphor Laurels, 18 toxic compounds & 2 by-product toxins.

2003 Confirmation of Floristic Key - first published on the Web (2002) to the 7 most common chemotypes/hybrid genotypes of Australian Camphors.

2003 First research confirming that individual Camphor laurel trees produce/manufacture more defense-toxins and modify floristics after attack to tree or heavy pruning; stressed trees become increasingly more-toxic.

First research proving that a significant range of native Australian wildlife/fauna are eating increasing volumes of Camphor’ bark,berry etc

2002 First to (privately) publish that Camphor Laurels are killing native Australian fauna.

2002 First to prove that confirmed ‘Bird-Killer Type’ Camphor laurels can deter native bird species for over 99% of the days of a year, but also attract and kill same birds in ‘heatwave’ and hot weather.

2000-01 First official Nominations to Federal Department of Environment,State Fisheries NSW of Camphor Laurel being a Threatening(Species)Process to NSW East Coast Freshwater Fisheries, (as well as to the Victorian & NSW Scientific Committees).

1999-2000 First to propose that NSW Noxious Weeds Act should include Camphor Laurel at Category 2, Declaration , and with no political compromises!.

First to prove that ‘Bird Killer Type’ Camphor Laurel can both deter all birds for 99.9% of the year, and cause deaths in hot weather.

First to determine the exact origin and lline of hybridization of Camphor Laurels (Taiwan x Japanese).

1999 First CSIRO test on same (as above) Camphor oil, verifying the high/extreme toxicity of the oil to microbes; [CSIRO Div. Of Advanced Analytical Chemistry]

First published Results of analytical testing, independently completed/NSW Agriculture proving the highly significant difference between the Biochemistry of remnant native laurels and the more aggressive Camphor Laurel species;

1999 First Literature Review of the Camphor problem worldwide since first reported as a Weed/Invasive Weed in Lismore (NSW, The Northern Star) in 1900.

1999 First proposed Camphor Laurel to be a "Threatening* Process' to New South Wales coastal eco-biodiversity (NSW Scientific Committee 1999)

First proof (Kew Botanic Gardens, London) that Camphor roots have abundant oil-exuding glands, specialised to seasonally eject chemical toxins into the soil water, to defend the tree/s against beetle, moth larvae etc

1999 First Australian distillation and Analysis of Camphor Laurel root oil, proving often high concentrations of the pro-carcinogen SAFROLE exist in the bark of many Camphor’ trees. (co-Analyses by Camphor laurel Research Lab. & NSW Ag ‘Essential Oils Lab.)

First proof that NSW Agriculture and Botanic Gardens, Domain imported a Japanese subspecies of Camphor Laurel (1880) and these rapidly inter-hybridiscd with existing Chinese (Sydney 1828) Camphors, to result in more toxic chemotypes.

1999 Declaration of Camphor laurel species as a ‘W4’ noxious plant in NSW Northern Rivers, 06 August 1999/All Northern Rivers Shires (NSW Govt.Gazette)

1998 First experimental test results, and field observations that native frog and froglet species are being seriously diminished by the exuded oil/s and/or toxins of Camphor laurel. First samples of freshwater/s taken at The Channon ( EPA-NSW sent samples but inaction resulted!)

1998 First published Report (NSW Land and Water Northern Rivers) revealing results of laboratory tests with Cane Toad and Frog, proving that Camphor distilled oil of branches/wood is highly toxic to amphibian/s.

1997 First noticed ,at The Channon that large numbers of native Pigeons were no longer in-abundance seasonally at or in the large paddock Camphor laurels, all winter-long, frog numbers and other wildlife declining sharply in abundance, and native Laurels’ dying-out mysteriously in paddocks near large stands of Camphor laurels.

Joe A. Friend QP, JP, BSc (Syd) Hons.

Advising Federal Government on Important Tree Crops (Meliaceae, Lauraceae)