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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jackie Awarded Don Perrin Bursary

Councillor Rae Frawley, Don Perrin, Jackie Hines and
Mayor Allan Sutherland

Saving endangered wildlife is the goal of this year’s Don Perrin scholarship recipient, 17-year-old Jackie Hines, of Burpengary.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the former Grace Lutheran College student, who began her Environmental Management degree at The University of Queensland this year, had been chosen as the winner of Moreton Bay Regional Council 's $2,000 Don Perrin Bursary.

“Not only does Jackie have a strong academic record, she has demonstrated an impressive passion for being involved in the community,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“She has doorknocked for the Leukaemia Foundation, raised funds for African orphans through the Watoto Foundation, made outstanding contributions to her school’s Interact Club and has been part of Clean Up Australia Day.

“She’s also demonstrated a keen love of sport, being involved in hockey, netball, waterpolo, basketball, AFL and cricket as well as achieving in swimming, athletics and cross country events.”

Jackie said she hopes to excel at her course and in future would like to be able to work both in Australia and overseas in wildlife conservation.

“I would really like to achieve equality among humans, our environment and wildlife.”

Council's Sustainability spokesperson and Division Six councillor, Rae Frawley, said the Don Perrin bursary program, now in its second year, is named after  the environmentalist who played a key role in establishing  the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens.

 "While Don Perrin continues to be involved in the up-keep of the botanic gardens, the award named in his honour is designed to  help with the educational expenses of a student undertaking tertiary study in a field like science, marine science, environmental management, environmental health and environmental education," Cr Frawley said.

"The money is awarded to the bursary winner in two payments of $1,000 during the year to pay for things like course fees, textbooks,  materials, or college accommodation. 

"I know the bursary was a big help to last year's winner Laura Cox, of Morayfield, who is studying for a science and arts degree at the University of Queensland .

'It's one way Moreton Bay Regional Council can nurture the region's young environmentally focused scientists of the future."
To be eligible, students must be residents of the Moreton Bay Regional Council area, have graduated from year 12 within the past two years and have accepted an offer to study an environmental-based university degree commencing the year the bursary is offered.