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IRWIN GREATEST AMBASSADOR TO US: BEATTIE
News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily (11th September 2007)

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Wildlife campaigner Steve Irwin was arguably Queensland's greatest cultural ambassador to the US, says Premier Peter Beattie.

He was paying tribute to the late Crocodile Hunter in state parliament on the first anniversary of his death.

A year ago the world-famous conservationist was fatally speared in the chest by a stingray barb, while filming a documentary off far-north Queensland.

Mr Beattie said the government had recognised Irwin's contribution to the state in a number of ways since his death.

It named the main road through Beerwah, the site of the Irwins' Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way.

The government also named a tourism award in his honour - the Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award, now part of the annual Queensland Tourism Awards.

Mr Beattie said Irwin had great commitment and passion.

"The spirit of Steve Irwin lives on in many ways," he said.

"I again pay tribute to his energy, joy and commitment to conservation and wildlife, and acknowledge all those who continue his work today."


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