Basil recognised for his 40-year contribution to landcare

CONGRATULATIONS to Green Skills’ Basil Schur for winning the Individual Landcarer category at this year’s WA Landcare Awards.

Basil has been a passionate, energetic and dedicated worker for the environment for nearly four decades, initiating and implementing a huge range of projects and events.

He leads the involvement of Green Skills in Gondwana Link, and was pivotal in early expansion of the organisation’s projects west of the Stirlings.

Basil’s win was announced at the gala dinner on October 4 in Perth by Keith Bradby, chair of the WA Landcare Network and CEO of Gondwana Link – who was quick to point out that he was not on the judging panel.

“As someone who has known and worked with Basil for much of his adult life, and most particularly over the past 17 years of Gondwana Link, I could not think of a more worthy recipient,” Keith said.

“Basil epitomises the strength of community driven conservation – energy, ingenuity, diversity and tenacity.”

Basil will represent WA at the National Landcare Awards in 2020.

The State awards recognise and celebrate champions from rural and urban communities who focus on making land use sustainable.

Landcare Australia CEO Shane Norrish said such people had a positive effect on improving land management practices.

“These prestigious awards give us the chance to recognise and honour tireless volunteers making a difference,” he said.

Never one to blow his own trumpet, Basil was quick to point out that the award reflected work done by many people, not just one.

“Denmark and south coast communities are very supportive of and active in landcare,” he said.

“Landcare is needed more and more to address accelerating biodiversity loss and climate change, and to create and maintain sustainable industries into the future.

“Ironically, government support for landcare programs is being reduced just when this extra effort is needed.”

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