Honours Board

Honorary Life Membership

 This award recognises distinguished service to the objects of Birdlife Australia and its predecessor organisations. It is the highest award available to members for their contribution to the organisation


Rosemary Payet — CITATION: Has had many years of  birding experience in countries including England, Kenya, Seychelles and Papua New Guinea. She has been a member of BOCA and the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club since 1992. She was a Committee Memeber from 1993 to 1996, Publicity Officer from 1996 to 1997 and is currently President of the Branch as well as its Environmental Officer.  With her husband Jock, she has been involved in all aspects of Club activities, acting as Leader on Outings, organising guest speakers,presenting talks and arranging community displays. She has also contributed to the Branch newsletter “The Drongo”. 

Rosemary was overall Coordinator of a CoastalCare project in which the Townsville Branch was involved from 1997 to 1999. Migratory Waders were the primary focus of the project, which involved surveying and monitoring sites in the RAMSAR listed Cape Bowling Green Bay area and other sites around Townsville. She organised surveys, collated data and submitted reports throughout the project, she and Jock presented the project at a North Queensland CoastCare Conference in 1999. A future CoastCare project will focus on endangered species such as Little Tern and Beach Stone-curlew and will also monitor impacts of urban development on sensitive coastal environments.

Rosemary’s experience and expertise in environmental issues has been a major strength in the Townsville Branch. She is involved in a project aiming to reduce bird strikes by aircraft at Townsville Airport. She is also a volunteer with the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, an active member of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and a volunteer guide at the Townsville Aquarium, where she assists the Education Officer with advice on seabirds.

Rosemary was nominated for Honorary Life Membership for distinguished service to the Bird Observers Club of Australia and to ornithology, especial