Dr Harry Butler (AO)


Dr Harry Butler (AO)

When Chevron first stepped on to Barrow Island more than 50 years ago, accompanying them was an enthusiastic young conservationist named Harry Butler.

After a lifetime of invaluable environmental work, Dr Harry Butler AO was appointed a National Living Treasure by the National Trust, an officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Commander of the British Empire, Australian of the Year and recipient of Chevron’s Environmental Hero Award. 

From the very beginning, Dr Butler helped us find solutions to allow our operations and projects on Barrow Island to move forward without compromising fundamental conservation values. Dr Butler’s initial work as an environmental consultant to Chevron included establishing a quarantine program to stop invasive weeds and feral pests getting to Barrow Island. This has developed into the world’s largest non-government quarantine initiative and has ensured the island’s unique ecosystems and species remain intact, including 24 endemic species only found on the island.  

We credit much of our worldwide reputation for environmental management on Barrow Island to Dr Butler and he was instrumental in creating a culture of environmental awareness with our workforce. We recently announced the Harry Butler Legacy Project dedicated to upholding his passion and unwavering commitment to conservation and the environment for the benefit of future generations.

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Medal of the Order of Australia

In June 2012, the renowned naturalist, author and conservation consultant was appointed an officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through the promotion of public understanding of natural history and wildlife conservation and the development of collaborative environmental partnerships with industry and the community.

The award follows Dr Butler being named Australian of the Year in 1979. And, in 1980 he was honoured for his work and appointed a Commanding Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

A National Living Treasure

Earlier in 2012, Dr Butler was announced one of seven new National Living Treasures by the National Trust of Australia. The Australian public votes to choose seven "exceptional Australians with substantial, enduring accomplishments in their field who have contributed constructively to a unified Australian identity".

The Trust acknowledged that he played a "major role in environmental conservation and restoration in Australia."

Dr Harry Butler

During 2012, Dr Harry Butler was appointed an officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and named a National Living Treasure by the National Trust.

Chevron Environmental Hero Award

Globally, each year Chevron recognises its environmental heroes.

The Chevron Conservation Awards were founded in 1954 by the late outdoors humorist and author Ed Zern and were designed to recognise those finding creative solutions to environmental challenges by bringing business and conservationists together.

In 2004, the award acknowledged the influence of Dr Butler's In the Wild television series in making many Australians aware for the first time of the country's wildlife heritage and the need for conservation. He also was credited for helping to maintain the ecological integrity of significant areas throughout Australia; including his work with the oil and gas industry in Western Australia.

Dr Butler's environmental management model has been widely adopted by government and industry in Australia and internationally. His efforts have directly helped to protect thousands of plant and animal species both here in Australia and overseas.

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