Harry Butler was an Australian-born naturalist and environmental consultant. He played a major role in environmental conservation and restoration in Australia with a long list of contributions and achievements which also included being named the 1979 Australian of the Year.
When Chevron first stepped onto Barrow Island more than 50 years ago, Harry Butler was a young enthusiastic conservationist who was with them right from the beginning.
Throughout Harry Butler’s career, he assisted Chevron to find solutions to allow operations to move forward without compromising environmental conservation values. Harry Butler’s lifetime dedication to Australian biodiversity & environmental conservation has left a remarkable legacy. Through Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute, shaping the next generation of leaders in conservation and environmental management, his legacy lives on.
In 2020, EcoQuip’s founder and General Manager David Sharp was awarded Chevron’s “Harry Butler Champion Award”.
The award was for “The development of EcoQuip’s Mobile Solar Lighting Towers to assist in the management of lighting performance and carbon emission reduction on Barrow Island. EcoQuip’s Mobile Solar Light Towers replaced diesel-fuelled lighting towers thereby eliminating noise, carbon emissions, risk of hydrocarbon spills and improved lighting requirements on the island.
EcoQuip’s initiative resulted in environmental, safety and cost benefits for Chevron. EcoQuip’s dedication to Harry Butler’s legacy reinforces the principle that business and biodiversity can co-exist”.