Five University of Tasmania staff members and alumni are treading a path not well-trodden, seeking to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the world.
They are among a prestigious and passionate group of people to be awarded Churchill Fellowships.
The individuals will travel to countries, from Finland to the Philippines, to gain and exchange knowledge, in a bid to challenge the status quo or make a positive impact on society.
This year 115 Australians were awarded fellowships designed to honour Sir Winston Churchill.
University of Tasmania Alumnus Adam Dickenson, who graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce in 2004, aims to improve community health and wealth by creating engineered whitewater or inland surf facilities.
Elverton Pastoral Executive Director Mr Dickenson said through the modification of hydroelectricity and irrigation infrastructure, Tasmania had the potential to create world-class facilities near cities and towns at a low cost.
“Existing engineered whitewater and surf parks in the northern hemisphere have proven to act as centres for community recreation and have also provided a significant boost to their respective visitor economies,” he said.
“I am confident that my fellowship will enable me to develop an international network of experts and mentors that will greatly assist me in my mission to have these facilities constructed in Australia.”
The other winners were:
- University of Tasmania and Inspiring Australia Manager (Tasmania) Sarah Bayne, who will be designing a science centre that will be the public interface for Hobart’s new science precinct.
- Killara Distillery owner Kristy Lark-Booth, who wants to establish physic and apothecary gardens for distillation.
- Nicola Palfrey, the Director of the Australian Child & Adolescence Trauma, Grief and Loss Network, is exploring avenues to making exposure to trauma and adversity in childhood a public health issue.
- Olivia Powell, from the Department of Communities Tasmania, is keen to advance specialist family violence therapeutic service provision for children in Australia.