Finalist: Lifetime Achievement Award

Les Donald

Sunshine Coast

Les Donald has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to South East Queensland’s environment. A resident of Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast, Les is a park ranger with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service with a keen interest in anthropology and Indigenous culture. Les is an advocate for the Kabi Kabi people, the traditional owners of the Maroochy River, and has encouraged and helped them reconnect with country.

Les has helped facilitate paid work for the Kabi Kabi people, including fox den monitoring and trapping near Mount Coolum National Park, and oversaw their on-the-job training in the use of wildlife cameras and monitoring techniques of endangered wildlife. He is credited as being a key figure in the growth of the Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation, with his support enabling the corporation to complete more than a dozen projects over the last decade. Les was also a key figure in the delivery of a project to control invasive weeds and foxes around the habitat of the water mouse.