Published on 26 September 2013
A passionate advocate of sustainability and the Sunshine Coast region will become an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 3 October.
Susie Chapman, 56, of Marcoola, has achieved recognition locally and nationally as an innovator and a negotiator between diverse landholders and users on natural resource management issues.
The trained clinical biochemist and nutritionist was named the Australian Government Local Landcare Facilitator of 2012 in the National Landcare Awards and was this year inducted in the Sunshine Coast Council’s Glossies Awards Hall of Fame.
Based at USC’s Innovation Centre, she has worked for SEQ Catchments for the past 10 years as the Community Partnership Manager representing the Sunshine Coast.
The community-based regional group works on collaborative natural resource management projects across South East Queensland.
Since the early 1990s, Ms Chapman has worked and volunteered in the community with groups including the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, the GREENhouse program at the Woodford Folk Festival, Maroochy Waterwatch, and the Maroochy Mooloolah Catchment Co-ordinating Association.
She has had close involvement with USC personally and professionally since its opening in 1996, being appointed an Adjunct Lecturer in 2003 and graduating with a Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Adaptation in 2010.
“This fellowship signifies to me the importance the University of the Sunshine Coast places on regional engagement,” she said.
“I have been fortunate to be able to act as a conduit helping ground the academic inquiry in regional reality, and to conversely see the level of knowledge and understanding within the community grow with the University’s support.
“One example of this healthy symbiotic relationship is the collaborative climate adaptation planning and action projects over the past six years, particularly in the Noosa Biosphere and Bribie Island.”
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, who will present the award at the ceremony between 5pm and 7pm at the USC Sports Stadium, praised Ms Chapman’s dedication to the sustainability of the local region.
“Susie is a source of inspiration to all those who would like to make a difference to the Australian landscape and, in particular, the Sunshine Coast,” he said.
— Julie Schomberg