Chevron Australia Announces the Harry Butler Legacy Project

New Harry Butler Institute launched at Murdoch University 

PERTH, Western Australia, 11 August, 2017 – Chevron Australia today announced the Harry Butler Legacy Project, dedicated to upholding the late Dr Harry Butler’s AO CBE passion and unwavering commitment to conservation and the environment for the benefit of future generations.

Chevron Australia Managing Director, Nigel Hearne, said Harry Butler’s relationship with Chevron spanned more than 50 years where he had a particular impact with his conservation work on Barrow Island, a Class A Nature Reserve and home to the Chevron-led Gorgon Project and WA Oil.

“Harry was a remarkable Australian and true champion of the environment. The Harry Butler Legacy Project is our commitment to continue Harry’s work building a workforce culture of caring and safeguarding the long term environmental and conservation integrity of Barrow Island.”

Harry believed with the right management, industry and biodiversity could coexist. His work with Chevron pioneered a quarantine management system on Barrow Island that has been recognised as world’s best practice.

An important part of the Harry Butler Legacy Project is the launch of the Harry Butler Institute, a partnership with Murdoch University.

The Harry Butler Institute includes the establishment of the Chevron Harry Butler Chair in Environmental Management and Biosecurity, the development of a new subject in bioeconomics, the appointment of fellows and adjunct professors, a PhD program, honours projects and scholarships, including an Indigenous program.

Hearne added, “As our world class operations in Western Australia transform Chevron into a leading, safe and reliable global natural gas supplier, we are committed to continuing Harry’s legacy for future generations.”


About the Harry Butler Legacy Project:

  • The Harry Butler Legacy Project has been developed by Chevron in collaboration with education and environmental partners and Harry’s family to help ensure the continuation of outstanding environmental outcomes based on excellence in both scientific research and industry practice.
  • The Harry Butler Legacy Project encompasses Chevron’s environmental principles, fundamental across the life of our operations, and new initiatives to advance environmental stewardship.
  • Key components of the legacy project include; nurturing an inspired and engaged workforce; third party partnerships and collaboration; identifying and addressing knowledge gaps and volunteering in the community.
  • Harry Butler was a renowned educator, naturalist and conservationist who helped inspire generations of Australians about our natural environment. On his passing in December 2015, Harry has left a true legacy - one which Chevron is committed to upholding. 
  • Read more about Harry Butler on our website

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for more than 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of thousands of workers, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island; a significant investor in exploration offshore Australia; and provides operational support to exploration assets operated by its affiliates in New Zealand. www.chevronaustralia.com

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