Prawn stars awarded
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.