Fred Conway recognised as one of Queensland's greatest
Fred Conway discussing Aboriginal culture with visitors at the Art Gallery. Photo R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.
Fred Conway in front of the Queensland Greats plaque wall
Indigenous Ranger Fred Conway has been recognised as one of this year’s Queensland Greats.
Fred is an Indigenous Elder and tireless advocate for protecting Indigenous cultural sites, particularly the rock art sites in Carnarvon National Park in central west Queensland.
A ranger with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Fred has spent the majority of his life helping people understand Aboriginal history and culture, and in particular to respect and protect the rock art sites, which draw thousands of visitors each year.
Fred has also been instrumental in developing and ensuring the success of a unique program for Queensland—the Seasonal Indigenous Ranger program. This program trains young Indigenous people and allows them to return to country, gain employment and have a meaningful involvement in the management of their traditional lands.
Due to the program’s success, damage to rock art has declined as visitors understand and respect the national park’s cultural history.
The other 2014 Queensland Greats are:
- community leader Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO
- arts philanthropists Dr Patrick Corrigan AM and Win Schubert
- cancer prevention researcher Professor Adèle Green AC
- prominent disability service provider Endeavour Foundation.
Every Queensland Great had played a significant role in the history and development of the state through their long-term dedication and commitment to our communities.
This year’s recipients join a distinguished list of previous Queensland Greats including renowned institutions Australian Red Cross Society (2013) and Queensland Meals on Wheels (2012) and exceptional individuals Tim Fairfax AC (2013), Daphne Pirie AO MBE (2012), Wally Lewis AM (2011) and The Honourable Mike Ahern AO (2010).
Since 2001, the Queensland Government has recognised 70 individuals and nine institutions whose names are displayed on commemorative plaques at Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland. The Queensland Greats Awards are held as part of Queensland Week celebrations, 31 May – 8 June 2014.
Visit www.qld.gov.au/queenslandweek for more information on the Queensland Greats and other Queensland Week events held across the state.