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Indigenous industry leader awarded CQUni’s Social Impact award

Published:11 February 2020

CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Social Impact award winner Leslie Lowe

Managing Director and Co-founder of TECKnology Indigenous Corporation (Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge) Leslie Lowe has been awarded CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Social Impact award.

CQUniversity’s Deputy Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, Anthea Cuddihy said Mr Lowe was being recognised for his work to preserve, educate and develop modern business models for sustainable Indigenous industries.

Leslie’s commitment to preserving the knowledge of Australia’s First Peoples and educating young people to respect and understand the world’s longest surviving civilisation is outstanding,” she said.

By researching the knowledge databases of Indigenous Australia, he is working towards developing modern business models for sustainable Indigenous industries.

After working as a Project Manager on environmental activities in Central Queensland, Mr Lowe commenced an Environmental Science degree as he believed it was the most appropriate match to a traditional Aboriginal education. 

His plan was to start a business, research Indigenous knowledge and employ, educate and help others.

Upon completing his degree in 2015, Leslie co-founded TECKnology Indigenous Corporation with two traditional Elders in the Bundaberg region. 

The social enterprise combines traditional knowledge with modern best-practices to provide sustainable environmental and agricultural services and aims to promote and teach traditional ecological and cultural methods and to develop Indigenous industries and business models.

Mr Lowe has positioned and grown the business from one to seven employees and expanded operations from the original animal control focus to also include vegetation management, commercialised bee activity, retailing Indigenous artefacts, consultancy services and delivery of education programs. 

His work includes the ongoing study and adaptation of traditional strategies to enhance modern environmental/agricultural management, policies, procedures and outcomes. He blends traditional methods with modern approaches.