Last night, Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin received the first ever -Young Achiever' Award, winning the prestigious title at the 2015 Premier's Sustainability Awards presentation dinner in Brisbane.
The -Young Achievers' award category was added to the Premier's Sustainability Awards list for the first time this year in the interest of acknowledging the exceptional work and leadership by Queensland's emerging sustainability champions.
Recognised for her leadership and efforts to promote sustainability and environmental conservation, Bindi's contributions to the state of Queensland and the rest of the world are significant.
Bindi impressed judges through her inspirational work with her family and their non-profit charity, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, in engaging younger generations to be actively involved in the conservation of wildlife and wild places.
Bindi continues to spread her conservation message far and wide while in the USA working on ABC's Dancing with the Stars season 21; promoting all things Queensland. And although she couldn't attend on the night, Bindi is thrilled to have won such an esteemed award.
'This is such an honour, I am truly touched to receive this award," said Bindi.
'On behalf of myself and my family, we will continue to dedicate our lives to do everything that we can for wildlife and wild places worldwide," she added.
Bindi's was one of almost 120 nominations received across 10 categories for the 2015 Premier's Sustainability Award, a strong sign that Queenslanders are embracing sustainability not just in business, but as an everyday, essential way of life.
In a recent media statement, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was pleased the awards program continued to grow in stature and had added a new Young Achievers category this year.
'The awards highlight the importance of embracing change in the way we do business and go about our lives to reduce impact on the Queensland environment," Ms Palaszczuk said.