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Phil WATSON

Year of Award: 1998 Award State: Tasmania Environment > Conservation
Training > General
To investigate ways to organise and train conservation volunteers - UK, USA, Norway, Denmark, China
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As a long-standing natural resource management professional, Phil is fascinated by the diversity of connections between wildlife and the landscapes they inhabit.

His career has provided fantastic opportunities to experience many natural places, both in Australia and worldwide – especially in the USA and UK, where he experienced an inspiring insight into park management and interpretation thanks to his Churchill Fellowship. The Fellowship also enabled him to connect with the many passionate people at an international level who also cherish and care for the natural environment.

He continues to be intimately involved in the care and management of natural places across Tasmania, using his reservoir of knowledge and experience acquired from decades of natural resource strategic planning and management in Clarence City Council, tertiary college lecturing in natural resource management (NRM) and his revealing Churchill Fellowship. As Council’s NRM planner he has successfully developed and implemented an extensive series of new natural area strategies and management plans. His passion for the local environment is to be respected, with a deeply held fascination for the many species and their habitats that thrive in Clarence and elsewhere in Tasmania.

He has written and published a large and absorbing portfolio of articles focusing on ‘people plants’ aimed at creating an awareness of the values of Tasmania’s native flora and fauna. His involvement in community landcare activities covers decades; his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of the environment is infectious and was recognised when he was presented with the Individual Tasmanian Landcare Award and Citizen of the Year award.

When not out riding on his bike, kayaking the wild coastlines, rowing on the Derwent or tramping through Australia’s bush, he can be found soaking up the view at Mt Rumney with both his family and his many furry and feathered friends. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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