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Finalists have been selected for the Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award in the prestigious Western Australian Young Achievers Award. The Young Achievers Award aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution young Western Australians make in their local communities.

The four finalists are:

  • Alex Gavranich, 29 of Albany
  • Bella Burgemeister, 11 of Dalyellup
  • James McCarthy-Price, 28 of South Perth
  • Dr Matthew Fraser, 28 of Brabham


Alex Gavranich, 29 of Albany is a Senior Policy and Programme Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Alex created the City of Wanneroo’s Coastal Assets Policy, the first of its kind in WA. He was awarded a Coastal Management Grant worth $45,000, for a thorough risk assessment of Wanneroo’s Coastline.  Alex is currently developing a mentoring program for environmental policymakers in developing countries. Alex is a Board Director for the South Coast Natural Resource Management.

Bella Burgemeister, 11 of Dalyellup created the book “Bella’s Challenge, A child’s take on the UN 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.” Bella pitched her project in front of 100 adults and was granted a micro-grant of $1,300 for printing and distribution. Primary schools in greater Bunbury, are being donated a copy of Bella’s book. As Junior President for Millennium Kids, Bella attends workshops where she is being provided with public speaking development and specific sustainability development skills.

James McCarthy-Price, 28 of South Perth is a Wave Energy Engineer and an environmentalist. He founded “Entrepreneering”, an educational career pathway event for high achieving students. He successfully campaigned for the University of WA to introduce a renewable energy subject. James volunteers with the Australian Ocean Energy Working Group reviewing its capacity to become a leader and global exporter of ocean energy technologies. His goal is to harness wave energy and produce the world’s first cost-effective wave energy converter.

Dr Matthew Fraser, 28 of Brabham is a marine scientist studying seagrass meadows in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, home to endangered marine megafauna such as dugongs and turtles. Matthew created the Cottesloe Ecosystem Research Project, where undergraduate students research one component of the Cottesloe Reef ecosystem (plants, invertebrates, or fish). They add their data to a pre-existing long term dataset to report on changes, providing valuable monitoring. All reports are freely available to the public online

The Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award recognises young individuals that have demonstrated environmental leadership or made a significant contribution to sustainability in Western Australia. The award celebrates young people who have demonstrated initiatives in the efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.

The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at Pan Pacific Perth on Friday evening 12th May, hosted by Matt Tinney, Sunrise Perth Correspondent, Channel Seven. One of the eight category winners will be named as the 2017 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year.

Finalists are in the running to win a great prize: a $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 cash and a magnificent trophy. The 2017 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 cash and a State trophy.

All Finalists will go into the People’s Choice Award presented by Catholic Education Western Australia, which is run through our Facebook page; “WA Young Achievers Award”. Please ensure you like our page and vote for your favourite Finalist. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner and will receive an Apple Watch Series 2.

Congratulations and good luck to all four finalists!

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