By Bulimba Creek, Dec 25 2014 01:10AM
Congratulations to all of our certificate recipients for 2014! While each of our volunteers and supporters work tirelessly to contribute to achieving our environmental goals, special mention has been given for:
Environmentalist of the Year RAY ISON: A highly regarded environmental planner, Ray has been instrumental in Saving Swan Lake and authoring reports on BMI Quarry and the Lake at Bundall, Gold Coast. An activist for the protection of Flying Foxes - Ray has raised the bar on environmental protection.
Natural Area Volunteer or the Year - ERIS JOLLY & KEVIN (shared): Both active leaders of the Perrin Creek Bushcare Group and active in Seven Hills Reserve and Seven Hills School with environmental programs. Value members of B4C also.
Field Volunteer of the Year TIM BULL & JUSTIN CAULLEY (shared): Both valued and loyal volunteers helping the community in the field on a regular basis.
Young Volunteer of the Year CHRIS JOHNSON. A newly graduated ecologist, Chris is part of the B4C Science Unit involved in Salt Marsh and Mangrove recovery. He is a member of Green Army and a regular helper at community days and meetings.
Nursery Volunteer of the Year LEIGH WEAKLEY. Leigh is an experienced horticulturist and manages the B4C Community Nursery. His skills are extensive and he has greatly improved the nursery.
Bushcare Group of the Year MYUNA PARK BUSHCARE GROUP. Led by dedicated volunteers and one the newest groups accepted into Habitat Brisbane, the group is restoring a degraded corridor near the Brisbane River and recovering a rainforest ecosystem.
Community Development Award GENEVIEVE ROBEY. The founder of Carindale Connect and a great community networker using social media and presentations. Genevieve is a newly appointed member of the “Ideas Initiative” – a think tank to advice B4C and the Brisbane Catchments Network.
Bushcarer of the Year ROD LONGMIRE. Rod is an active leader working in the Whites Hill Reserve. Remaining steadfast in the face of deliberate mountain biking damage to the environment and improving the reserve for the future. He has our support and people like Rod need community support also.
Natural Area Group of the Year MT GRAVATT ENVIRONMENT GROUP (MEG): Led by a dynamic leadership and supported strongly by one of the city’s leading community activists, Mike Fox, this group has led the way in active and innovative programs – like the Pollinator Pathways program.
Researcher of the Year CLAUDIA ARIAS. Claudia came to us from Chile and is a first class professional with Sustainable Environmental and Engineering degrees. Claudia has authored the Feral Animal Strategy and Indian Myna Strategy for Brisbane and has produced the new Bulimba Creek Catchment Sustainability Report 2014. Currently back home visiting her family.
Young Scientist of the Year ANDREW DZIEDZIC. Andrew has been one of the most active and loyal young volunteers for B4C. He has visited the Gregory River as a delegate in 2012, Authored the Black Swan Lake Water Quality Report (just released on the Gold Coast) and runs the B4C Waterwatch team. A leader of the new B4C Science Unit also.
Campaigner of the Year DARYL EVANS. Also could have been Mentor for the year for his work with the new Science Unit members. Daryl has recently released his dissertation on Bulimba Creek and has campaigned many times for the lower catchment. His support of B4Cs strategic direction is greatly appreciated and he is a major asset to the community.
Corporate Community Supporter of the Year: CATHERINE TO. Catherine is a great supporter of community action and works as a media officer for Qld Urban Utilities. Her support of the innovative contract between B4c and QUU has seen 2500 native plants and many community days organised across Brisbane. Catherine is a great credit to QUU and has a passion for her work.