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Australian Geographic Society Award Winners 2016

November 11th, 2016



*AGS Awards

AGSociety Gala Awards Ceremony 2016 photos and story

Three Australians under the age of 20 take out awards at the AGSociety’s Gala Awards Ceremony in 2016.

Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards 2016 photos and story.

Australian Geographic Society Gala Award winners 2016. Click on the winners’ names for more information.

Lifetime of Adventure

Ron Allum

Sponsored by APT

Lifetime of Conservation

Robyn Williams

Sponsored by Odyssey Travel

Adventurer of the Year

Michael Smith

Sponsored by Bremont

Conservationist of the Year

Tim Jarvis, AM

Young Adventurer of the Year

Jade Hameister

Sponsored by World Expeditions

Young Conservationist of the Year

Joshua Gilbert

Spirit of Adventure

Brian Freeman

Alyssa Azar

Lachlan Smart 

Congratulations to all the winners! 

And thank you to the sponsors of the AG Society Awards:

Australian Geographic Society Award winners 2015

November 2nd, 2015



Australian Geographic

2015 Australian Geographic Society Award winners
AGS Awards are bestowed on exceptional people achieving extraordinary deeds and are the longest running in Australia for adventure and conservation with 2015 also celebrating 30 years of Australian Geographic.
Lifetime of Adventure, ERIC PHILLIPS, OAM.  
Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Eric Philips is an adventurer dedicated to exploring the vast and varied icescapes that typify our polar regions. His outdoor career spans more than 25 years during which time he has worked professionally as an outdoor educator, adventurer and polar guide.
As an adventurer, Eric has visited every continent on earth, often leading lightweight and self-supported expeditions to remote polar regions. He has explored the world’s four largest icecaps and was the first Australian, together with companion Jon Muir, to ski to both the North and South Poles, locations that he has visited annually as a polar guide since 2004. Eric’s Antarctic highlights include skiing a new route to the South Pole, sailing with high school students across the Drake Passage, guiding HRH Prince Harry to the pole and taking his family to Mawson’s Hut. And in the Arctic, making one of the earliest kite-ski traverses of Greenland, skiing from Russia to the North Pole and from North Pole to Canada, working with Greenpeace on climate change projects and organising the first North Pole wedding.
Eric is the inventor of Flexi Polar Ski Bindings, the most widely used ski bindings on polar expeditions and used extensively by the US military.
Eric is the author of Icetrek. The Bitter Journey to the South Pole. His expeditions have spawned four internationally-screened documentary films, most notably, the Emmy Award-winning Greenland production, Chasing the Midnight Sun. He is also the founder of the International Polar Guides Association and owner and director of Icetrek Expeditions and Equipment.
Eric currently lives in Hobart with his family.
Lifetime of Conservation Award, ROBERT PURVES AM.
 A Sydney-born businessman and a dedicated environmentalist, Robert is currently the President of WWF Australia and is a former board member of WWF International (the world’s largest science based conservation organisation). Robert is also a founding member of The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a Director of Earth Hour Global, a Director of Climate Council of Australia, a Patron of the Lizard Island Research Station, and a Governor of Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
In 2004 Robert established the Purves Environmental Fund, whose core objectives are to support advocacy and education on climate change and landscape management, and to improve environmental policy through the use of science, as well as to strengthen targeted NGOs through capacity building.  In addition, Robert has had a long career in business including being the Chairman of a publicly-listed company, DCA Group Limited, the then leading provider of radiology and the largest private operator in aged care in Australia. In 2008 Robert was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the environment, and awarded an Honorary Fellow from the University of Sydney. Robert lives between Sydney and his farm in Bungendore, NSW.
John, Chris, Andrew and Jim were all experienced sea kayakers, but their previous expeditions were nothing compared with their circumnavigation of Antarctic island, South Georgia, in January 2015. Their 500km paddle around this wilderness oasis, which lies 800km north of Antarctica, saw them encounter massive icebergs, powerful swells and ferocious storms. They were fortunate to experience some clear weather, however, and, as a result, completed their journey faster than the three teams that had kayaked around the island in the past. Having made such good time, they then traversed South Georgia – following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who’d landed there in 1916 – and are the first Australian team to complete both a crossing and a circumnavigation.
John Jacoby and Chris Porter were born in Melbourne, Victoria. John currently lives in Jan Juc, Victoria and Chris currently lives in Angelsea, Victoria. Andrew Maffett was also born in Melbourne, Victoria and now lives in Perth, Western Australia. Jim Burcide was born in Hobart, Tasmania and now lives in Snug, Tasmania.
Conservationist of the Year, TIM FAULKNER. 
Born in Greystanes, New South Wales, Tim is a recognised leader in the Australian zoo industry and in conservation organisations. His working life has been dedicated to hands-on wild life education and conservation. Tim currently lives in Wamberal New South Wales and as General Manager, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Central Coast’s largest tourism attraction, the Australian Reptile Park. Along with 35 staff and 50 volunteers, Tim is credited with the growing success of the park as the leading wildlife tourism attraction in NSW for both regional and global markets, attracting over 220,000 visitors a year, including regular bus tours of visitors from North and South East Asia. Many will recognise this environmentalist from his TV show, The Wild Life of Tim Faulkner, which airs on Channel 9 and the National Geographic Channel. Each series boasts a global audience of 180 million people. Tim led an initiative to reverse the extinction rate of small mammals on the Australian mainland, through the reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to the NSW landscape and has also played a pivotal role in efforts to curb the extinction of the Tasmanian devil itself.
 Young Adventurer of the Year, DANIELLE MURDOCH. 
In 2010, New Zealand born Danielle Murdoch became the very first recipient of the AGS Nancy Bird Walton grant for female adventurers. With the support of the AGS behind her, Danielle travelled by motorcycle from Brisbane (where she currently resides) to Darwin, before transporting her bike by ship up the Indonesian archipelago.
After crossing Sri Lanka and India, she bunkered down in Pakistan for six months, waiting for the civil war to end in Syria. When it didn’t she headed across anyway. After riding through the Middle East, she motored down the east coast of Africa, where she broke down and had to be towed 760km by another motorcyclist to the nearest mechanic. In October 2014, four years after she’d left, Danielle surrendered her broken motorcycle to Customs at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  Her journey spanned 27 countries and she weathered a total of eight bike breakdowns.
Young Conservationist of the Year, AMELIA TELFORD. 
Amelia Telford is a 21-year-old Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads who had planned to study medicine after high school. Instead she joined the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and in July 2014, founded SEED.  This network of young Aboriginal people provides access to training and support for those keen to make a difference in the areas of climate change, sustainability and conservation.
In 2014 Amelia was awarded the joint title of ‘Youth of The Year’ by NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee). Many indigenous communities are facing the loss of sacred country and culture, says Amelia, and they are feeling the effects of environmental degradation.  Amelia currently lives in Melbourne, Victoria.
Spirit of Adventure, HUW KINGSTON. 
Born in the UK, veteran adventurer Huw Kingston finished an AGS-sponsored, 14000km circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea by foot, kayak, ocean rowboat and bike in April 2015. The 12-month journey was a fundraiser for Save the Children Australia and saw Huw become the organisation’s most successful individual campaigner ever.
After convincing his hometown of Bundanoon in NSW to ban the sale of bottled water (it was the world’s first town to do so), in 2009 Huw Kingston was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Worldwide Responsibility Pioneers. But this wasn’t Huw’s first turn as a game-changer. More than 20 years ago, he launched the Don’t Bag The Environment campaign for outdoor-equipment store Paddy Pallin.
It’s still going strong – each time a customer refuses a plastic bag, Paddy Pallin donates 10 cents to an environmental campaign.
Australian Geographic

Samsung GALAXY S5 Ten reasons why it’s the perfect phone for the Australian lifestyle

March 31st, 2014




Samsung GALAXY S5 Electric Blue lr


Samsung GALAXY S5 Quick Facts

Ten reasons why the Samsung GALAXY S5 is the perfect phone for the Australian lifestyle

1. Make tap-and-go payments with your phone
Grab your morning coffee or juice without taking out your wallet or rummaging around your handbag for loose change, simply tap your GALAXY S5 against any tap-and-go enabled machine to make a payment and you’re on your way. Available with selected banks, the Samsung GALAXY S5 ensures you stay mobile with tap-and-go payments

2. Resistant to water, rain, sweat, dust and sand
With an IP67 rating, you can feel confident taking your phone to the beach or on a dusty hike. The Samsung GALAXY S5 is resistant to water, rain, sweat, dust and sand. So if you’re caught in the rain, drop it in the sink or spill water on it, you can simply rinse off your phone and get on with your day

3. Achieve fitness goals with the help of S Health and the built-in heart rate monitor Continue Reading »

Baz Luhrmann to direct Strictly Sydney and you can be part of the danceathon

January 14th, 2014



SYDNEY  Strictly Sydney

Baz Luhrmann to direct the largest outdoor ballroom dancing event ever held in Australia.  Call for 4,000 Ballroom dancers to celebrate the opening of Strictly Ballroom The Musical (previewing from 25 March) in Sydney.

Strictly Ballroom

AGNSW receives $60 million pledge from Crown Resorts

November 12th, 2013



* SYDNEY Art News

12 November 2013

AGNSW welcomes Crown Resorts $60 million pledge to the arts

Mr Steven Lowy AM, President of the AGNSW, today welcomed Mr James Packer’s decision to pledge $60 million to support the arts in NSW.

Dr Michael Brand, Director, AGNSW and Steven Lowy AM, President, Board of Trustees, AGNSW

This generous and unexpected donation is a great vote of confidence in the role that cultural institutions play in our city, Mr Lowy said. Continue Reading »

Marble Bar Sydney History

October 10th, 2013



Marble Bar Sydney 120 Years Birthday Party and Month of Celebrations
Sydney October 2013

Marble Bar Sydney  history and its rediscovered doors
The original bar was named after its namesake builder, George Adams, and was built in 1893 costing a sum of £32,000 pounds. This amount was secured through the successful “Tattersalls Sweep,” one of a series of horse racing sweepstakes held in New South Wales throughout the late 1800s. Continue Reading »

International Fleet Review 2013 NSW Transport Information

September 27th, 2013





Schedule of Events

The International Fleet Review will be the biggest event Sydney Harbour has seen in 100 years and starts Thursday 3 October when 16 tall ships sail in. Around 40 warships from around the world including China, Thailand, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States will arrive the following day. Continue Reading »

International Fleet Review 2013 Sydney – Schedule of Events

Steven Lowy to retire as President of Art Gallery of NSW

September 13th, 2013



*SYDNEY Art News
Friday 13 September 2013 AGNSW Media Release

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM to succeed Steven Lowy as President of AGNSW

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, today announced that Steven Lowy AM will retire from his position as the President of the Art Gallery of NSW at the end of this year.

Mr Lowy’s retirement comes after eight years as a Trustee of the Gallery and seven as President. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM, a Trustee since 2007, will succeed him as President. Continue Reading »

RUOK Day 2013 Event in Pyrmont

September 10th, 2013




R U OK? Foundation is hosting its 5th national day of action and aims to inspire more Australians to connect with anyone who might be struggling with life.

  • Thursday 12 September 2013 at 11am to 1pm
  • Union Square, Harris Street PYRMONT
  • FREE ‘Pop-Up Wellbeing Clinic’ for the public  Continue Reading »

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