Kakadu traditional owner Jeffrey Lee has been awarded the Australian Conservation Foundation Special Peter Rawlinson Conservation Award for his ‘tenacity and vision’ in protecting his homeland of Koongarra from mining.
Jeffrey campaigned for more than a decade to protect his country from unranium mining, refusing many offers of financial reward. Earlier this year he was thrilled to witness then Environment Minister Tony Burke introduce a bill to repeal an old law that might have allowed mining at Koongarra. On 14 February Kakadu was officially incorporated into Kakadu National Park.
The ACF said Jeffrey was chosen for a special award as his tenacity and vision is a powerful reminder of the importance of country and culture, and has provided a lasting legacy for all people and time.
He will receive $3000 towards his conservation work and a plaque.
Tanya, Parks Australia