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  • 30 Apr 2021

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Dr Les Hall - Young Conservationist Award

Nominate a young conservationist now

Nominate an individual or group for the annual award using the online nomination form.


Nominations for the 2021 Young Conservationist of the Year Award are open from 1 December 2020 to midnight 28 February 2021, so get started on your conservation project now.

View the scoring criteria here[15KB].

About the award

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.

The journey for all great conservationists starts with a passion for the environment and a desire to do something to protect it. Following in the footsteps of Dr Les Hall, our 2020 entries made, and continue to make a difference in their 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 acknowledges individuals or groups who demonstrated vision, innovation and passion and achieved an outstanding outcome for wildlife conservation on the Sunshine Coast.

This award encourages 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.

Winner 2020

Ella Woodborne

Ella Woodborne was recognised for her work starting a Green Team at her school Sunshine Coast Grammar, which grew from a few students to a large team working on sustainability projects like waste reduction, eliminating single use plastics and introducing recycling programs, as well as fundraising to sponsor a local sea turtle. Read more about the winner and finalists.

Runners-up 2020

Zac McEwen and Olivia Allen who used their technical knowledge to raise the profile of marine conservation. Their project SeaFrame aims to reduce rubbish on our beaches and in our waterways by encouraging people to share photos of themselves cleaning up the beach on social media, inspiring others to join the movement.

Bats in Backyard citizen science project, 28 - 29 November 2020

Council’s long-term goal is to identify highly suitable low-conflict areas to encourage flying-foxes to roost in long-term. Identifying where they are already feeding and what they are feeding on, we can get closer to finding suitable low-conflict areas and making sure there is suitable food there to encourage flying-foxes to stay long-term. Knowing what they are feeding on, appropriate species can be planted near or in suitable long-term habitat.

What are we looking for?

At this time of year, the Sunshine Coast usually has three resident species of flying-fox—the grey headed, the black and the little red flying-fox.

  1. Download the app on your android or Apple device
  2. Log any sightings of flying-foxes over the weekend

You can record flying-fox sightings wherever you are across the Sunshine Coast. You can submit sightings from your home or go for a walk around your local area and submit as you go.

Check out our information sheet[4969KB] for more details and how to download the app.

Online Bat Night 2020

For details of our first ever online Bat Night, check out our YouTube playlist and re-live Bat Night 2020.

Community news

A flying-fox community news is available bi-monthly through Bush Hands, council's environment newsletter. You can subscribe to Bush Hands to learn more about Flying foxes and other environmental projects and programs on the Sunshine Coast.

View the latest Flying-Fox Community News editions.

Follow Frankie

Share your photos and videos of council's very own Frankie the Flying-fox, and follow her fantastic adventures on Instagram at #frankietheflyingfox.