Phillip Toyne
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Landcare co-founder Phillip Toyne has died aged 67

CANCER claimed the life of environmentalist and Aboriginal rights campaigner Phillip Toyne on the weekend.

The Landcare co-founder Phillip Toyne lost his fight against bowel cancer at the age of 67, his family said on Sunday.

Mr Toyne started the grassroots movement in the 1980s with National Farmers Federation head Rick Farley, who died in 2006.

The program lowers degradation of farmland, public land and waterways and operates across Australia, America and Africa.

Mr Toyne will also be remembered for his involvement in having Uluru returned to its traditional owners in 1985

Former Greens leader Bob Browne said Mr Toyne's work would not be forgotten.

"I think it was the huge intellect of those two men (Mr Toyne and Mr Farley) that struck a historic formula for land care, which is now lauded around the world," Mr Browne told Fairfax Media.

"It has raised the wellbeing of rural and regional Australia and its environment that brings global admiration."

Mr Toyne headed the Australian Conservation Foundation from 1986 to 1992 and he was the deputy secretary of the Federal Government's environment department in the 1990s. - APN NEWSDESK

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