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The Ro­tary Club of Pen­nant Hills re­cently held its Aus­tralia Day Meet­ing at Pen­nant Hills Golf Club. High­light of the pro­gram was the pre­sen­ta­tion of their Aus­tralia Day Merit Award to Ray Dearlove.

Dearlove, who also gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the night, was awarded for his work as both founder and pa­tron of the Aus­tralian Rhino Pro­ject. Ian Chap­pel, club pres­i­dent, high­lighted not only the pro­ject’s day to day work but also the im­por­tance of ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity on wildlife preser­va­tion.

“This is a very well de­served award for the work you are do­ing and the ed­u­ca­tion you are pro­vid­ing to many peo­ple about this im­por­tant is­sue,” he said.

The Aus­tralian Rhino Pro­ject pri­mary ob­jec­tive is to es­tab­lish a breed­ing herd of rhi­noc­eros in Aus­tralia. The in­dige­nous herds in Africa are cur­rently un­der threat pre­dom­i­nantly from poach­ing and the Aus­tralian herd is de­signed to act as an in­sur­ance pop­u­la­tion in the event of ex­tinc­tion.

The pro­ject’s plan is to im­port 80 rhi­nos into Aus­tralia over the next three to four years. The pro­ject has been op­er­a­tional and pre­par­ing for the past three years. For more info: theaus­tralian­rhino­pro­ject.org

The Ro­tary Club of pen­nant Hills Aus­tralia Day Awards, from 1986 on­wards, are on dis­play at the Pen­nant Hills Li­brary.

Ray Dearlove and Ian Chap­pel at the Ro­tary Club of Pen­nant Hills pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner

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