David Kopelke was surprised and honoured to have the new shed at the Boyne Island Environmental Education centre named after him.
David Kopelke was surprised and honoured to have the new shed at the Boyne Island Environmental Education centre named after him. Mike Richards

New hall at Boyne Island named after resident of 38 years

DAVID Kopelke - a Boyne Island resident of 38 years - was expecting a grant presentation to his workplace by QGC yesterday, but instead he was humbled to learn that a building would be named in his honour.

Dr Kopelke has worked at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre since its beginning; at first it had only one building.

Now, the centre hosts more than 5000 visitors each year. This year alone, 20 schools have used the facility.

Yesterday, the centre marked the completion of its newest building, the David Kopelke Hall.

"I was very honoured and humbled, also very surprised," the principal of the centre said.

"One of the exciting aspects of the job is the creativity and it's a very dynamic job. There's always constant change to meet the needs of education of students - things never remain constant.

"This is an exciting part of the job that means that one can never get bored."

Dr Kopelke has also been involved with the Boyne Island VMR, Lions Club and scout association. Centre teacher Ebonny Gabriel said his work was pivotal in the success of the centre.

"David has committed his heart and soul to this centre and has developed it from a very bare one building site to an extremely well-resourced centre," she said.

The David Kopelke Hall will provide a learning space, weather protection, community meeting and training venue for local schools, organisations and events.

The hall has been used so far this year by 20 schools, and organisations including the Gladstone District Wildlife Carers and the University of Queensland.

A $50,000 grant from the QGC Sustainable Communities Fund made it possible to build the facility.



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