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National honour for Denmark landcarer

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has extended warm congratulations to Denmark resident Basil Schur on taking out the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award at the National Landcare Awards streamed online from Sydney last night.

“Mr Schur has been a leader in landcare for more than 30 years, establishing the Denmark Wetland Centre for community education, running citizen science workshops and playing a key role in the rise in numbers of various native fauna – including bandicoots,” Mr Wilson said.

“He has previously won the same award at state level, and in 2020 was named Denmark Citizen of the Year for his decades of caring for the land.

“I am thrilled that someone so passionate and dedicated to the natural environment of Western Australia’s south coast has now achieved recognition on the local, statewide and national stage.” 

The Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award acknowledges the significant contribution made by a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to landcare.

Landcare Australia supports 6000 Landcare groups and over 100,000 volunteers across Australia caring for the land.

The Australian Government has invested over $1 billion in Landcare under phase two of the National Landcare Program.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.