Moran and Yeates score LIA Graduate Awards

Moran (pictured), of the Department of Lands in Bathurst, was awarded the GAMAA/LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize, valued at $15,000 to go towards further studies in her chosen field of prepress. Moran won the NSW LIA Graduate of the Year Award in 2007, and has since won a series of other awards for her studies and work at the Department of Lands.


Yeates, of Y Media in Victoria, was presented with the LIA/Printing Industries Future Leaders Award by Printing Industries‘ CEO Philip Andersen. Yeates will now be able to travel to a major international print exhibition, as well as visit significant print facilities around the world, as a result of her win.


Click here to see pictures from Friday night’s awards ceremony in Sydney.


The two winners were chosen from ten graduates who were judged to be the best in their respective home states at the LIA/Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Awards held over the last year in each state. The other finalists were Nicole Phelps of Douglas Mawson Institute of TAFE in South Australia, Aaron Sellers of Collotype Labels in South Australia, Tim Bright of Carter Holt Harvey in NSW, Brenton Hall of PMP Print in Western Australia, Ben Rodd of Uniprint in Western Australia, Karen Dovaston of Custom Printing Service in Victoria, David Betts of Printpoint in Queensland, and Gareth Waldron of GT Print and Design in Queensland.


LIA national president Greg Grace said that the graduate finalists for these awards were of the highest calibre in his memory, and their achievements are a sure sign of the bright future of the print industry in Australia.


“The GAMAA/LIA award allows the winner to explore their dreams, and reach for their full potential,” he said.


Special guest speaker at the gala dinner function was Craig Goozee OAM, a former police officer who has taken on two extraordinary feats of fitness and endurance to raise money for cancer research following the loss of his daughter.


In his first adventure, called A2B4C (Avalon to Broadbeach for Cancer), Goozee kayaked to Broadbeach in Queensland from Avalon in Sydney, overcoming numerous challenges including sharks and tumultuous weather. His second adventure, A2B4C2, started at Albany in Western Australia, and involved 102 days of travelling by canoe, bicycle and on foot, until reaching his destination in New South Wales just four weeks ago.


His goal is to raise $1 million, a target he is currently three-quarters of the way towards. His presentation was one of the most touching and inspirational events the LIA awards have ever witnessed.

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