Rick Farley Memorial Scholarship awarded

Tuesday 20 March, 2007

The inaugural Rick Farley Memorial Scholarship for Indigenous people working in conservation management was awarded to Wandandian man Darren Brown at Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, in December 2006.

Darren Brown receives the inaugural Rick Farley Memorial Scholarship. Photo Max Bourke.Darren Brown receives the inaugural Rick Farley Memorial Scholarship. Photo Max Bourke.

It will enable Darren to complete his TAFE training in conservation and land management. He's working with Professor David Lindenmayer from Australian National University on the traditional lands of the Wreck Bay Community.

‘I feel very humbled by the Rick Farley award and the support David’s team has given me to develop in the job,’ Darren said. ‘It has helped me to better understand the science and ecology of the Booderee National Park. The more people you train up in this kind of work the better.’

Rick Farley died tragically in May 2006. He was on the Board of Bush Heritage from 2002 and was particularly active in promoting alliances with Aboriginal people. He was a remarkable Australian.

Many individuals and organisations donated in memory of Rick to help build the value of this scholarship. A cheque for $30,000 was presented to Bush Heritage by Max Bourke of the Thomas Foundation.

‘I hope Darren’s success here will encourage others to donate to the memorial fund and enable more Aboriginal people to work in conservation management on their traditional country,’ Max said.

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