AFTER years of constant effort and contribution towards sustainability and battling climate change, Fiji's Professor Deo Prasad was recognised for his outstanding work yesterday at the Australia Day celebrations.
Prof Prasad, who grew up in Fiji and has lived in Australia for the past 30 years, was given an Australia Day Honours award in Sydney last night following his contribution towards creating greener cities and pushing for minimal carbon usage in the world.
The 59-year-old, formerly of Toqeloa, Labasa has headed a number of careers in his lifetime — as an engineer, an architect and a scientist for instance.
He is now the chief executive officer of an organisation called CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) as well as an Australian academic.
Having grown up in Fiji and attended Labasa College, he moved to New Zealand where he furthered his studies before settling in Australia.
In an interview with Prof Prasad yesterday, he told this newspaper that everything he did was the result of hard work and dedication and a natural inclination to help create a better world for people to live in.
"It's absolutely thrilling in the sense that you come from another country to a new country I guess and within your own lifestyle, it's good to be able to do something useful," Prof Prasad said.
"I have been here for about 30 years and during this year I have been in the right industry and have a strong commitment towards sustainable ways of doing things because the world is going very unsustainable."
He said it was a wonderful thought that he, having originated from Fiji, could make such a valuable contribution to a place such as Australia and be recognised for it.
"It's all possible, you just have to dream about it and put the right effort in at the right time. It is about goals that are much bigger and one that can make serious contribution to the bigger world."
The Australia Day honours award is one of the biggest awards in Australia and bestowed on only five per cent of nominees every year.
The award recognises excellence in bringing about a change - positive and better for the society as a whole.