Naidoo back for special honour
POPULAR broadcaster Indira Naidoo tripped down memory lane when she returned to Tasmania this week.
The former ABC and SBS presenter and consumer advocate was in Tasmania to receive the Launceston Church Grammar School’s Peter Sculthorpe Alumnus of the Year award.
She is the third winner of the award founded in 2015 by Sydney businessman and former Tasmanian Ross Youngman. Ms Naidoo follows Professor Stephen Fitzgerald who was the first ambassador to China appointed by Gough Whitlam in 1973 and the medical scientist and University of Melbourne emeritus Professor Derek Denton in 2016.
Peter Sculthorpe was a world renowned composer born in Launceston.
Ms Naidoo was born in South Africa but lived with her parents in Launceston from the age of 5 to 13 – seemingly a world away from her present interest in the role that global environmental issues play in conflict, poverty and food security.
Since 2008 she has pursued this focus and it has taken her around the world including a spell in Geneva as a sustainability consultant with the United Nations’ trade development arm – The International Trade Centre. This year she hosted the SBS TV series