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Eco champion  gonged

7 June 2015

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Federation University Emeritus Professor Martin Westbrooke has been awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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The award to Professor Westbrooke is for “service to ecology and to environmental management”.

“It is an honour to receive this award for my career and work in ecology and environmental management,” Professor Westbrooke said.

“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my two passions, teaching and the environment in what has been a rewarding career, predominantly at Federation University Australia and its antecedent institutions.

“It is a great reward to see the many Environmental Management graduates from Ballarat making a major contribution across all states of Australia.

He said that a  career highlight has been the establishment of Nanya Station as a nationally significant nature reserve and a key component of the National Reserve System.

Professor Westbrooke’s professional career has included:

  • Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Longerenong Agricultural College
  • Federation University Australia Emeritus Professor since 2007
  • Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor 1974-2007
  • Head of School Science and Engineering 1997-2007
  • Foundation Director, Centre for Environmental Management 1992-2007
  • Co-established Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management 1978
  • Commonwealth Grant enabling restoration of Cape Otway Telegraph Station, 1998.

 

Federation University’s vice-chancellor David Battersby was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) “for significant service to tertiary education, as a senior administrator and academic, and as an advocate for improved community engagement.”

See  Academic gongs – Queen’s Birthday 2015

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