CARING for flora and fauna is second nature to Helena Valley’s Bridgit (Penny) Hussey, whose many contributions are recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Ms Hussey has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to conservation and land management through a range of government and volunteer roles.
Her lifetime of service includes 18 years as a coordinator for the Department of Parks and Wildlife and previous work with the WA Save the Bush Program.
She chairs the Helena River Catchment Group and is a member of the Helena River Rehabilitation Project.
Involvement with the WA Naturalists’ Club led her to become president of the group and vice-president of the Darling Range branch.
She has served as chair, secretary and vice-president of the WA Conservation Council and for many years has supported the Eastern Hills branch of the Wildlife Society of WA.
Services to the WA National Parks and Reserves Association include secretary and editor “for 30 years of its existence” and editor of the Land for Wildlife quarterly newsletter Western Wildlife.
The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, approved 891 awards in recognition of professional endeavours, community work, Defence Force and Emergency Services.
“We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system,” he said.