Geoff Cousins, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, has bought in Byron. Pic – Britta Campion
Adman turned environmental warrior Geoff Cousins has joined the Byron Bay hinterland eco-scene.
He’s emerged as the $2.55 million buyer of the Federal retreat of Anytime Fitness Australia founder Jacinta McDonnell.
She had paid $2.1 million in 2015 for the Queenslander which came with an award-winning extension.
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Cousins’ new Federal retreat.
The classic weatherboard home which is wrapped in verandas overlooks a 15 metre heated salt water pool.
Helen Huntly-Barratt at First National Byron Bay sold the home.
Cousins hasn’t had a retreat since 2007 when he traded Whale Beach for Point Piper.
It was also the same year Cousins’ novel The Butcherbird was published.
Another angle of the main home.
He sold The Wedge, his luxury Whale Beach home, for $13 million to mining services billionaire John Grill.
Cousins, who recently stood down as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and his wife, author Darleen Bungey Darleen Bungey reside in a Point Piper mansion overlooking the harbour.
The spacious bedroom opens up to the garden.
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Cousins, one of the most successful admen of the 1980s, was chairman of the George Patterson advertising agency.
He was also the founding chair of the kids’ cancer charity Starlight Foundation.
His book, a dark, comic novel was billed as a work of power, greed, seduction and betrayal set in the boardrooms, yachts and waterfront mansions of Australia’s most decadent city.