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LOGIES TO HONOUR IRWIN’S PASSION
News Source: The Courier-Mail (1st May 2007)

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CROCODILE Hunter Steve Irwin is to be posthumously honoured for revolutionising the wildlife documentary industry with induction into Australian TV's Hall of Fame at next month's Logie Awards.

The TV presenter built a loyal worldwide following as he shared his passion for wildlife conservation in his TV series and a feature film.

His widow Terri will accept the award while daughter Bindi, whose own wildlife series begins airing in the US in June, will present the award for most outstanding children's program.

The awards will be held in Melbourne on May 6.

"Our documentaries started airing in Australia, and we were only ever going to do one episode about crocodiles and, in a very short period of time, we'd done 10 episodes to tremendous ratings," Terri Irwin told TV Week.

She said people had become detached from wildlife in recent history and it was a "point of pride" for Steve that he was considered a pioneer of his genre.

"Changing the face of television and bringing wildlife back into people's living rooms in a hands-on way was so important to him," she said.

The Hall of Fame award goes to a nationally known individual or program for "an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian television".

Terri and Bindi Irwin appear today on the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly wearing elegant gowns, and tell the magazine that fond memories of Steve were helping them overcome the grief of losing him.

"My grief comes easily, but I keep putting one foot in front of the other as there are so many things I want to accomplish," Terri tells the magazine.

She says Bindi and her brother Bob need her more than ever since their father's passing.

"I need to be there for them, and they need me to be there, too," she says.


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