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2016 Leadership in Conservation, and Volunteer of the Park awards

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, April 15, 2016

The Rotary Club of Burnside hosted an enjoyable dinner at the Belair Country Club on 13 April 2016, for the presentation of the 2016 Leadership in Conservation, and Volunteer of the Park awards.

Bob Cooper, Past President, opened the proceedings and welcomed everyone, with Rotarian Dave Harrison making the Invocation and Loyal Toast.

The awards date back to 1984 when the Ranger of the Year Award began, followed by the introduction of the Volunteer of the Parks Award in 1988.

This is the 32nd year of the Awards.

Chief Executive, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Ms Sandy Pitcher, addressed the gathering on behalf of the Hon Ian Hunter, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, who was unable to attend.

Announced by Brett Dalton, Rotary Club of Burnside President, the award winners were:

Volunteers of the Park: James Ferguson, Friends of Butcher Gap Conservation Park, Natural Resources, South East

Nominations were also receive for:

Ian and Chris Abbott, Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks (Commendation)

Graham Fisher, Friends of Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Phil Gillett, Friends of Para Wirra (certificate received by Secretary, Leonie Hobbs)

Morialta 100 Organising Committee - John Fleming, Ann Taylor, Liz Milner - Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Parks Inc

Leadership in Conservation: Deb Furbank, Team Leader, Community, Yorke Peninsula, Northern and Yorke NRM

Nomination also received for:

Sarah Voumard, Landscape Ranger, Northern and Yorke Region


Congratulations to everyone !

The Hon Vickie Chapman, MP, Member for Bragg, and a member of the Rotary Club, gave a vote of thanks.

Rotarian David Dewar was photographer for the evening. Below is a message from David:


Rotarians & Friends,  

Please find herewith a link to photos of last night’s awards dinner at the Belair Country Club:  

Please feel free to distribute to all who may be interested.  

Enjoy, Share and Contribute!

Yours in Rotary Service,  

PP David Dewar PHF - Editor

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc. 

M: 0401 627 339



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