Walkley Award winner Joanne McCarthy and Oscar winner Jim Frazier are lined up as the keynote speakers for the Gloucester 2017 Sustainable Futures Convention.
Joanne, a journalist with the Newcastle Herald, won the 2013 Gold Walkley, an award designed to celebrate and encourage Australian journalism. She wrote more than 350 articles, in a seven year period, about the sexual abuse of children, primarily by Catholic clergy in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, which launched the Herald’s campaign for a royal commission.
After starting her career at the Gosford Star in 1980, she transferred to the Central Coast Express Advocate in 1987 until 2002 when she joined the Newcastle Herald. As a mature student, she completed an arts degree from the University of Newcastle in 2004 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2016.
Jim Frazier is one of Australia’s most highly decorated cinematographers, who has won numerous international awards including an Oscar, an Emmy and three Golden Tripods.
His career as a wildlife cinematographer has spread over 40 years and has involved travelling the world filming with Sir David Attenborough. Jim’s invention of the Frazier Lens System revolutionised the international film industry and won him the John Grierson International Gold Medal for pioneering work in micro/macro cinematography of invertebrate animals in October 1998.