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Year of Award: 2010 Award State: Tasmania Environment > Conservation
Environment > Sustainability
Environment > Tourism
Museums, Galleries And Libraries > Culture
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to conduct research into post-industrial sites for community development and geo-tourism opportunities - Italy, Germany, Spain, UK
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As a fifth-generation person from Queenstown, a small mining community on Tasmania’s remote West Coast, I have an enduring passion for my home town’s cultural heritage, landscape and community. From 2008 onwards I was involved with the Queenstown Geopark Project, which explored the possibilities of geological-based tourism concepts that could redefine the region’s future.

In 2011 I was privileged to travel to post- industrial regions throughout Europe. I met with the management and staff of seven Geoparks that are regarded as pillars of both the European and Global Geopark Networks. This experience provided me with an international context for our operations, and demonstrated new pathways and visions for community change.

Among many observations was the powerful realisation that Queenstown and Western Tasmania, have an outstanding story to tell of global significance, and many proud, skilled and resolute civic leaders who are willing to give that story a voice.

Gaining such international awareness and relationships at an early stage of my career was an invaluable experience that has seen unending benefits. More than simply providing research for a discrete project, the professional and personal development opportunities gained from the Fellowship were profound.

It cemented my belief that creative thinking and cultural development are fundamental agents for change in communities. It inspired me to develop The Unconformity, a Western Tasmanian contemporary arts festival grounded by local geology, which has the capacity to establish a new story and mythology for our region. Since my Fellowship I’ve gained the confidence to become a leading contributor to my profession in Tasmania, believing that imagination, boldness, and the transformative power of the arts can generate prosperity for our community.

Outside of work and volunteering on various arts-related boards, I like to attend to my garden with my kids – rearing chooks, designing and constructing my next backyard building project, and tending to my espaliered fruit trees; a healthy detox from emails and deadlines, and a chance to reflect on the myriad of projects that I’m working on in Western Tasmania. 

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

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