The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
5 June 2004
Visionary engineer, Ché Wall, is the Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year for 2004, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, announced last night.
Dr Kemp congratulated Mr Wall on his outstanding achievement in the field of sustainable building after presenting the Award on behalf of the Prime Minister at the Banksia Environmental Awards dinner in Sydney on World Environment Day.
"Mr Wall's leadership in environmental design proves that it is possible to create sustainable, healthy and comfortable built environments," Dr Kemp said.
"As Founder and Director of the Green Building Council of Australia (Green Building Council of Australia), Mr Wall played a key role in the development of the Council's Green Star environmental rating system, which provides practical rating tools for buildings.
"He also chairs the World Green Building Council, a federation of national Green Building Councils (including Green Building Council of Australia) that aims to drive sustainability in the global property industry."
The theme for this year's Banksia Awards was 'Innovation and the Built Environment,' to highlight the Australian Government's proclamation of 2004 as the Year of the Built Environment.
Dr Kemp said that he had seen Mr Wall's innovation first-hand at the launch of the Year of the Built Environment at Sydney building 30 The Bond, in December last year.
"Mr Wall's partnership with architects at Lend Lease produced t he first office building in Australia constructed to a five-star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating. It also features practical, environmentally friendly design elements such as chilled-beam technology," he said.
Mr Wall is Group Director of Lincolne Scott and Director of its Advanced Environmental Concepts Division, Australia's only professional practice dedicated to the design of passive and integrated environmental systems. AEC has been recognised for more environmental design awards than any other Australian engineering consultancy.
Dr Kemp congratulated all of the award finalists, which included the heads of leading-edge design and planning companies, an inspirational business and community leader and an environmental education centre.
"All finalists and winners of this year's Banksia Awards are helping to make the dream of a sustainable Australia become a reality. I encourage them to keep up their excellent work," Dr Kemp said.
"The Australian Government is proud to sponsor the Banksia Awards and will continue to support the community and industry in finding solutions to the challenges that face our natural and built environments.
Past winners of the Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year Award include conservationist Dr. John Wamsley, NSW Farmer Mr Bill Sloane, and scientist Professor Peter Cullen. More information on the Banksia Awards is available at www.banksiafdn.com.