Yanchep National Park cave guide recognised for dedication to studies

Jonnie Saegenschnitter with Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.
Jonnie Saegenschnitter (right) with the 2017 Aboriginal Trainee of the year Jason Richardson.
Jonnie Saegenschnitter with Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. Jonnie Saegenschnitter (right) with the 2017 Aboriginal Trainee of the year Jason Richardson.

YANCHEP National Park cave guide Jonnie Saegenschnitter has been recognised for his dedication to his studies.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife held its annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony on June 9 where he received the Kwabalitch Award in the Mentored Aboriginal Training and Employment Scheme Program Awards.

The Kwabalitch Award recognises a trainee who has demonstrated an admirable level of dedication throughout their studies and a commitment to personal and professional development.

Mr Saegenschnitter, who completed his Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management last year, was awarded for exceeding expectations through his dedication to ensuring the safety of himself and his work mates.

He has spent time in both the Parks and Visitor Services and operational areas helping with fire operations, which has enabled him to gain a broad experience across many areas within the department.

Most recently, he achieved a specialised role as a cave guide in Yanchep National Park.

Mr Saegenschnitter was recognised for always being willing to share his culture and playing a critical role in mentoring many Aboriginal students from local schools.

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