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[CORRECTION: This article originally stated that Professor Ross Dowling OAM received his Honorary Life Membership in 2015. This has been changed to the correct year of 2013.]


Rod Quartermain was awarded Honorary Life Membership of Ecotourism Australia at the Global Eco Conference in Adelaide on Tuesday for his many years of contributions to the organisation.

The accolade was only the third to be presented in Ecotourism Australia’s history; the only other two recipients – Tony Charters AM (from Tony Charters and Associates) and Professor Ross Dowling OAM (Edith Cowan University) receiving theirs in 2016 and 2013 respectively.

Mr Quartermain’s involvement with Ecotourism Australia and ecotourism more generally spans numerous decades: He was a Director on EA’s board for 4 years and Manager of the Tourism and Property Branch for the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife between 1998 to 2017. He also held the role of Chairman for the Tourism and Protected Areas Forum (TAPAF), which consists of representatives from across Australia’s protected areas and tourism agencies, for six years.

Prior to this, Mr Quartermain owned and partnered in a number of successful service and tourism businesses, was CEO at Fairbridge Western Australia, President of several regional tourism organisations and visitor centres and was nominated for the Premier’s Award for his management of remote ecotourism accommodation in national parks.

“I feel extremely humble to receive this honour, given the previous life members and the excellent work they have done for ecotourism and conservation,” said Mr Quartermain.
“Working with Ecotourism Australia has been a pleasure, given the board’s and members’ commitment to the industry.”

The announcement was made during the plenary sessions of the Global Eco Conference running in Adelaide from the 27th – 29th November 2017.

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Rod Hillman
CEO Ecotourism Australia
0427 279 414

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