Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2015 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Terri Irwin AM

State: Queensland

A conservation icon, Terri Irwin has devoted her life to protecting wildlife.  Terri was operating a wildlife rehabilitation service, ‘Cougar Country’ in Oregon, USA, when a chance meeting with ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin sparked a whirlwind romance.  The couple took ownership of Australia Zoo in 1992 and two children and many adventures followed before Steve’s passing in 2006.  Famous for her philanthropy as much as for her adventurous spirit and astute business skills, the zoo’s profits are channelled into wildlife projects, including the Wildlife Warriors charity and the 24-hour Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.  In 2007, and with the help of federal government funding, Terri established the 135,000 hectare Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve at Cape York.  Through her advocacy, the Reserve was recently declared Queensland’s first ever ‘strategic environmental area’.  Terri’s infectious energy and enthusiasm inspires a large team of professionals and volunteers who are committed to making the world a better place for all creatures great and small.