Prawn stars awarded

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE com­i­cally nick­named ‘ prawn whis­per­ers’ have been lauded for their vol­un­teer ef­forts for the River Guardians Prawn Watch.

The pair, East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Kevin Reid and his friend Will Smith­wick, were awarded Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Awards on De­cem­ber 2.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the awards recog­nised peo­ple who gen­er­ously vol­un­teered their time and skills to con­trib­ute to im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams around the State.

“Vol­un­teers per­form a va­ri­ety of tasks and they are all to be con­grat­u­lated for their in­valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Ja­cob, 4636 vol­un­teers had con­trib­uted more than 610,000 hours to Parks and Wildlife projects in 2014-2015.

Mr Reid and Mr Smith­wick joined the Prawn Watch as in­au­gu­ral mem­bers fol­low­ing the launch of their book Black­wa­ter Prawn­ing in 2012.

The team uses com­ple­men­tary skills in the part­ner­ship.

Mr Smith­wick records in­for­ma­tion on the prawns, their lo­ca­tions and the river con­di­tions, whilst Mr Reid pos­sesses a deep knowl­edge of prawns from more than 50 years watch­ing the river.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob with Kevin Reid and Will Smith­wick af­ter the awards.

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