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Curtin’s own Pioneering Australian

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A Curtin University professor has been named one of five Australian Pioneers by Scottish whisky company Glenfiddich as part of its One Day You Will campaign. 

Sustainability Professor Peter Newman was recognised at the Glenfiddich Pioneering Australians event in Sydney on 27 September, for his work and achievements within the Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP).

Professor Newman received an award under “Caring for the Environment in Pursuit of the Public Good” for his contribution to reviving and extending Perth’s railway system.

Coinciding with the launch of the Glenfiddich 14-year-old Rich Oak in Australia, the One Day You Will campaign aims to inspire people to pursue their dreams and fulfil their own pioneering ambitions.

Ian Miller, Global Brand Ambassador from Glenfiddich said the company went that extra step to find people who had achieved something unique within their community.

“When we began our hunt for our Pioneering Australians, we searched for five people that were truly innovative and produced ground-breaking work,” Mr Miller said.

Professor Newman said he was pleased to receive an award as one of Australia’s top pioneers.

“It is a great honour to receive an award that recognises one of my greatest passions in life, sustainability.” Professor Newman said.

The pioneers were selected according to five key Australian values including caring for the environment, love of sport, innovation, talents, and efforts and support for visual and performing arts.

Each Pioneering Australian received a personalised quaich – a specially designed two-handled drinking cup – and a bottle of Glenfiddich 14-year-old rich oak whisky.

Professor Newman is best known for his work on Perth’s railway system, but he is also credited for his involvement in climate change, transport and infrastructure issues concerning Australian cities.

The four other Pioneering Australians named at the event are Tim Macartney-Snape, Michael Zarimis, Rebekah Campbell and Nick Galli.


Karys Nella, Public Relations, Curtin University
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Professor Peter Newman, Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute
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