Leadership comes naturally to biodiversity winner

25 November 2015

Aryan Sabet has proven he has what it takes to be a biodiversity champion, winning the inaugural Queensland Museum Natural Leaders challenge.

The challenge, presented by Queensland Museum and BHP Billiton, called on budding scientists to address a biodiversity challenge in their local area in a short video and drew entries from across the state.

A shortlist of 10 entries was presented to a judging panel who unanimously declared Aryan the winner with his entry that used his love of soccer and nature within his video submission.

When he’s not on the soccer field, Aryan is passionate about the environment and hopes to use this passion to inspire other young Queenslander’s to start making small steps in protecting our unique biodiversity.

Queensland Museum Director and CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the challenge was open to Year Seven students from around the state.

“I was very impressed with the high calibre of entries in the Natural Leaders Challenge and find it very heartening that so many young people are passionate about getting involved in helping to understand, protect and preserve our unique biodiversity,” she said.

“Aryan will now take on the important task of our 2016 junior correspondent as well as taking home some wonderful prizes.”

As part of his role as a junior correspondent, Aryan will have a two-day behind the scenes tour and hands-on workshop experience with Queensland Museum scientists, spend a day in the field with BHP Billiton environmental scientists, feature in an episode of Network Ten’s Totally Wild and spend a day with the crew as well as reporting on and being part of some exciting and fun projects at Queensland Museum.

BHP Billiton Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Coal Ms Victoria Somlyay said the Company’s partnership with Queensland Museum was a very important one.

“Sustainability is a core value for BHP Billiton, and we constantly challenge ourselves to do more to support the environments in which we operate,” Ms Somlyay said.

“ That’s why we are so proud to partner with the Queensland Museum. I offer a very big congratulations to Aryan on winning this challenge and thank every participant for their commitment to biodiversity.”

Patrick Brabant from the Gold Coast and Charlotte Bruna from Brisbane were the runners up.

For more information about QM Natural Leaders visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/naturalleaders

Media: Christine Robertson christine.robertson@qm.qld.gov.au or 0417 741 710