The naming of Andrew Hughes as Tasmania's Australian of the Year by the Premier this week brings to eight the number of awards won by the Bookend Trust this year.
"This is almost getting embarrassing," joked Bookend Director Dr Niall Doran.
Mr Hughes (pictured), a UTAS staffer, was recognised for his work on Bookend's Expedition Class and Skullbone programs. He will now go on to meet with the Prime Minister and the Governor-General and to compete for the Australian of the Year title, to be announced in Canberra on Australia Day.
His is one of three new awards claimed by Bookend, the others being the Premier's Physical Activity Council/Medibank Active Tasmania Community Award and the Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival inaugural Devil Award for Innovation.
They join five other 2012 awards on the Bookend mantelpiece: the Banksia Award - GPT Group Community Grant for creating lasting and positive community impact; the Australian Geographic Society's Conservationist of the Year; the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for Community Outreach; the UTAS Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement and the Australian Power of One Award.
The Bookend Trust is an environmental education initiative created and run by volunteer UTAS alumni and staff. It has grown from what was initially a supplementary tertiary scholarship scheme into a full-spectrum education program with individual projects engaging different ages from primary school to retirees.
Bookend's end-of-year public presentation night will be at 7pm on 4 December at the Dechaineux Lecture Theatre at the UTAS School of Arts in Hunter Street.
This free night will focus on the award-winning work that Bookend has been undertaking with Tasmanian students during 2012. More details can be seen here.
Photo credit: Kim Eijdenberg