Media Release 5th June 2004
Elizabeth O'Brien winner
of the 2004 UNAA World Environment Day Award
The United Nations Association of Australia yesterday evening announced the recipients of
this year's World Environment Day Awards.
In 1991 the LEAD Group (Lead Education and Abatement Design) was started, and from this many other groups and services have formed. Elizabeth OBriens unrelenting efforts have had local, state, national and international recognition. A major coup was the phasing out of leaded petrol in Australia. "Elizabeths pivotal role in galvanizing government resolve to bring forward by 18 years the banning of leaded petrol in Australia, has undoubtedly significantly reduced the average blood lead levels of Australians of all ages and saved countless IQ points for the children born since her petrol lead reduction campaign started to take effect in September 1993." Professor Brian Gulson, from Macquarie Universitys graduate School of Environment has no qualms at praising the brilliance of OBriens work.
Despite depleted funding since its genesis, the LEAD group and other associated groups and services battle on. This is a testament to the dedication of Elizabeth OBrien, and sadly the ignorance of higher powers.
To quote Professor Brian Gulson again: "Australia indeed has a brighter future because of Elizabeth OBriens personal campaign to protect the environment from lead". Hence an almighty well done for your recognition in receiving this award and an even bigger THANK YOU for our health and surrounds, that you have made so much better through all your hard work.
Contact: Professor Brian Gulson, Ph (02) 9850 7983
For Interviews: Elizabeth O'Brien, Ph (02) 9716 0014,
(See INDIVIDUAL AWARD CATEGORY Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment Elizabeth O'Brien: 'Global Lead Poisoning & Contamination Prevention - Australia First' in Winners 2004 Profile at UNAAvictoria web site AND LEAD ACTIVISM IN AUSTRALIA at National Toxics Network site) ###
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