FACET members congratulate Chris Pye, AM who was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day honours list.
Chris was recognised "for significant service to the tourism and hospitality industry in Western Australia through leadership roles, and to the community".
Chris is a long-standing and valued member of FACET, having provided professional advice and expertise to the FACET Executive from 2007.
Chris is a worthy recipient of this award, contributing to tourism in Western Australia through his successful tourism company Hospitality Pty Ltd and participation on other tourism related boards including Tourism Council Western Australia and Regional Tourism Organisation 'Australia's Golden Outback'.
Congratulations to the following finalists in the 2016 FACET Golden Guide Award, announced at the Tourism Council WA Finals Fever function held on Thursday, 6 October 2016.
Scott Connell - Kimberley Spirit Tours
Rusty Creighton - Savagely Creative
Janine Della Bosca - Fremantle Prison
Dylan Lodge - Triple J Tours
Alan Meyburgh - Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Neville Poelena - Uptuyu Adventures
Marielle Sengers - Travel Western Australia
The winner will be announced at the 2016 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards held at the Crown on Saturday, 12 November 2016.
Past recipients of the FACET Golden Guide Award
As an organisation dedicated to encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy nature and eco-tourism, it was a natural fit for members of FACET to be part of a steering committee that is helping guide the creation of a Foundation to increase appreciation of, and support for, Western Australia's wonderful national parks, nature reserves and conservation reserves.
In August 2015, FACET's Chair and former Chair, Pat Barblett, AM and Claire Savage, joined a committed group of individuals to form the WA Parks Foundation Steering Committee, which is led by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia. Each member brings with then significant experience and knowledge, and share a strong passion for Western Australia's natural places. They are also aware of the health benefits associated with increased use of our parks as well as their potential for eco-tourism.
Unlike a number of other States, WA does not have a state-based national park Foundation to support its national parks and other reserves.
The WA Parks Foundation aims to increase awareness of the importance of parks leading to increased support and engagement. It aims to link groups to parks and projects, and help ensure a sustainable and collaborative approach to the enjoyment and appreciation of our unique parks into the future.
The group meets regularly and a comprehensive business plan and financial model has been developed after stakeholder consultation and input from the committee.
It will be a busy few months, as big steps are taken to move forward with the implementation of the business plan that will help to ensure future generations have the benefits to learning about and experiencing our unique and previous natural areas.
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Image: Top row left to right: Prof. Steve Hopper, Jayden Miller, Jim Sharp, Noongar Elder Robert Isaacs, Colin Ingram
Bottom row let to right: Janet Holmes a` Court, AC, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, Prof Lyn Beazley, Claire Savage, Pat Barblett AM, Carol Buckley