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  • 10 Feb 2020

Dr Les Hall - Young Conservationist Award 

Who was Dr Les Hall?

From a young age, Dr Leslie Hall AM (1942 - 2019) was captivated by the natural world. He learnt from his father that every animal had a specific name and important role to play in the local ecosystem. This led to the foundation of an extensive career in scientific research, teaching and discovery.  Although Les is best known for his pioneering research and advocacy on bats, his knowledge of Australian wildlife and their habitat had few bounds. Putting this knowledge into action was important to Les throughout his career and in his later years in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

“Unless you put it into action, knowledge is not worth having.” Les Hall 2014

“Something I’m very passionate about is giving wildlife a chance before it is faced with extinction.” Les Hall 2017.

Scope

The journey for all great conservationists starts with a passion for the environment and a desire to do something to protect it. Follow in the footsteps of Dr Les Hall and make a difference in your local environment!

Les was a man of action. A forward-thinking man with a vision for a better future for our wildlife, and the passion and drive to get on the ground and make that vision a reality. In recognition of what he achieved in the field of wildlife conservation, this award will acknowledge an individual or group that has shown vision, innovation and passion and has achieved an outstanding outcome for wildlife conservation on the Sunshine Coast.

This award aims to encourage youth to take an active role in conservation, increase awareness of threats in the region and demonstrate the power and innovation of students to make a difference for Australia’s native wildlife.

Eligibility

Nominations for the annual award are open from 1 November 2019 to midnight 31 January 2020 and you can participate by completing the online nomination form. You can also view the scoring criteria matrix here[15KB].

Individual

  • Nominees must have been 18 years or younger when the project was completed.
  • Project must achieve outcomes within the Sunshine Coast local government area and be active or completed within 18 months prior to nomination.
  • Nominees may nominate themselves or be nominated by a 3rd party.

Group

  • Group must be made up of at least 75% members who are 18 years or younger when the project was completed.
  • Project may have an adult mentor but must demonstrate that it is primarily driven by the members.
  • Project must achieve outcomes within the Sunshine Coast local government area and be active or completed within 18 months prior to nomination.
  • Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a 3rd party.

All nominations will be assessed and the winner/s decided by a panel.

Prize

All shortlisted projects will receive public recognition and promotion of their projects through council's social media.

As Dr Les Hall would offer to his brightest charges, the winner will receive an opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime conservation activity.

WWF-Australia are supporting this award and this year have generously offered the winner/s a WWF-Australia wildlife conservation field experience.

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