Gordon Fraser-Quick, of Lismore, who has definite ideas on how to help save the planet.
Gordon Fraser-Quick, of Lismore, who has definite ideas on how to help save the planet. David Nielsen

SCU names Alumnus of the Year

LOCAL environmentalist Gordon Fraser-Quick was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for Southern Cross University in a ceremony held in Ballina last Friday.

The award acknowledges Mr Fraser-Quick's contribution to education and to the ongoing achievements within his field.

“I'm pretty rapt actually, it's made me feel quite humble,” he said. “It's a constant reminder of how Southern Cross University has changed my life.”

Mr Fraser-Quick graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1995 and a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2003. He has since been involved in integrated waste management services, designing and constructing the world's largest vermiculture facility.

As part of this project he introduced kerbside collection of organic waste from every household in the City of Lismore. The facility then converts the waste to saleable potting mix and soil conditioner.

This is by no means the end of Mr Fraser-Quick's goals, which include covering every roof in Australia with solar panels to use solar energy.

Towards the end of the year he will be fulfilling a passion by lecturing in Waste Management at SCU, but his goals spread much further.

“I want to save the world from plastic peril,” Mr Fraser-Quick said.

After a recent trip to China, Mr Fraser-Quick has realised where the ‘giro of plastic' is coming from.

“The great garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, I've realised where that is coming from and I want to do something about it,” he said.

“If it keeps going as it is we will be living in a very unpleasant world.”


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