Gold Coast Bulletin’s Women of the Year Awards brought to you by Harvey Norman, was held at the Star Casino on Saturday evening 16th September 2023 celebrated the influential women of the Gold Coast including the Environmental Warriors category winner Amy Gash, Custodian of Lady Elliot Island.
The Environmental Warriors Award recognises women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in the field of environmental conservation, as well as those who have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about critical environmental issues and inspire others to take action.
Amy Gash was honoured with the award for outstanding contribution to the Environment and Sustainability. This is a fantastic achievement and showcases the dedication and commitment shown by Amy and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort to sustainable tourism in the region. Congratulations to both Sarah Eccelston from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Claire Dryden of Sown Love Flower Farm who were finalists in the same category.
“The Environmental Warrior title is something I don’t take lightly. Conservation and sustainability is at the heart of our organisation. I firmly believe that you protect what you love, and I very much love the Great Barrier Reef and Lady Elliot Island. I absolutely love what I do, and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to share and inspire people every day to hopefully create some change in their own world and build a better future for our planet.” stated Amy Gash
Amy has previously been honoured with winning the Young Achiever Award for her outstanding contribution to tourism at the 2022 Queensland Tourism Awards.
“There’s no denying the Great Barrier Reef is facing numerous external pressures and threats, but there is an enormous amount of energy and people, both men and women on the ground working towards a common goal, creating change, educating people and using research to better understand how to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef into the future and I am proud to be a part of those solutions.” stated Amy
“As a father and parents, Julie and I are immensely proud of our daughter Amy, being honoured with the Environmental Warriors Women of the Year Award for her constant dedication to the conservation and protection of Lady Elliot Island and the Great Barrier Reef. A big congratulations to every single entrant and winner from the evening, it was wonderful to celebrate with so many outstanding Gold Coast finalists. We look forward to seeing Amy continue to represent the region as an Environmental Warrior and flourish in her career promoting sustainable tourism solutions”. Peter Gash, Managing Director/Custodian, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
Congratulations to all the 27 finalists and winners from the evening.