Tim Winton wins WA Premier's Award and donates all proceeds to save Ningaloo Reef.
Save Ningaloo Campaign
Media Release, 27 May 2002
Tim Winton wins WA Premier's Award and donates all proceeds to save Ningaloo
Tim Winton has announced that he will donate the $25,000.00 prize money
from his WA Premier's Award to the fight to Save Ningaloo Reef. The author,
who is in the United States on a promotional tour for the novel, Dirt Music,
said from Washington DC that he wanted to give something back to the community
and environment which inspired so much of his work.
At the awards ceremony at the Alexander Library, a spokesman for Tim Winton
read a brief statement:
I'm sorry I can't be here tonight to accept this award. As a writer and
a citizen I consider myself lucky to be West Australian. My life and my
work owe an enormous debt to the State's natural beauty and its people's
warm generosity. Out of gratitude for both, as a small gesture of thanks,
I'd like to donate this prize money to the community campaign to save one
of WA's natural wonders, the Ningaloo Reef.
Dirt Music, which was published here to critical acclaim, is being launched
abroad and Phillip Noyce, director of Rabbit Proof Fence, has recently secured
rights for a film adaptation of the book.
Save Ningaloo Campaign spokesperson, Paul Gamblin, said, "We heartily congratulate
Tim on winning the WA Premier's Award. His decision to donate the prize
money to the Save Ningaloo Campaign is incredibly generous, and is just
the latest example of his unflinching commitment to the protection of our
coastal environment - the place from which he has drawn so much inspiration."
Ningaloo Reef, 1200 kms north of Perth, is the longest fringing coral reef
in the world. It is a sanctuary for threatened marine wildlife such as whale
sharks, turtles, dugongs and humpback whales. In the heart of this unique
wild place, developers are proposing to build a resort to cater for over
2,500 people, as well as a marina for hundreds of motor-boats. The resort
is planned to be built on nesting grounds of the endangered loggerhead turtle
whose numbers have declined globally by 50-80% over the past decade.
Contact: Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson 08 9420 7209,
0439 938 313 www.SaveNingalooReef.org
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WA Campaign Director
Created: 27 May 2002 | Last updated: 27 May 2002
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