Supporting our Uni

Banksia Association Dinner a roaring success

banksia_association_dinner_partyThe exotic sounds of Perth Zoo were the ambient soundtrack as members of the Banksia Association sat down for their annual dinner and presentation of the 2017 Honours Scholarship.

Over 90 people attended the event, which featured unusual pre-dinner entertainment where guests were introduced to native Australian reptiles by the Zoo’s Animal Encounters team.

The Banksia Association was established in 2005, drawing together a special group of individuals who had made a lasting, positive impact on Murdoch University. It consists of over 250 members, including past external members of Senate, Honorary Degree recipients and Emeritus Professors.

Each Banksia member continues to support the University through their fundraising activities, or by sharing their expertise through mentoring, guest lectures or serving on an Advisory Committee.

In the wake of their recent passing, warm tributes were paid to Emeriti Professors John Howell and Arthur McComb by the Chair of the Banksia Association and MC for the evening, Emeritus Professor Nick Costa.

There was also a formal acknowledgement of the retirement of Mr Michael Lewi from the Banksia Association Advisory Committee. Mr Lewi was one of the inaugural Committee members and also a founding member of the Murdoch University Senate.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen stepped forward to present the 2017 Banksia Association Honours Scholarship to law student Daniel Gould.

Currently in his final year, Daniel has just handed in his thesis on contract law in Australia.

His thesis compares the current Australian position with that of other jurisdictions including Germany, Denmark, and New Zealand.

“Next year I will be starting a position at the Supreme Court as an Associate to a Judge. The scholarship will pay for further post graduate study, which is the last requirement for me to finally become a lawyer,” said Daniel.

The Banksia Association guests also had fun with some wooden animals, kicking back their heels with a few rides on the Perth Zoo carousel.

Please see some photos from the evening here.