Peel-Harvey Catchment Council staff member receives John Oldham Conservation Employee Award


Former WA premier Carmen Lawrence presents the award to Thelma Crook’s daughter Jo Harvey.
Former WA premier Carmen Lawrence presents the award to Thelma Crook’s daughter Jo Harvey.

A PEEL-Harvey Catchment Council staff member has been recognised for her passionate environmental advocacy over almost 30 years with a prestigious award from the Conservation Council of WA.

Former WA premier Carmen Lawrence awarded the John Oldham Conservation Employee Award to Thelma Crook at a special awards ceremony where it was accepted by Ms Crook’s daughter Jo Harvey.

Ms Crook was praised for her work as a passionate advocate of Landcare in the Peel-Harvey region.

She was recognised for her work as a natural resource officer with the Department of Water and Greening Australia and voluntary work for the past five years coordinating the annual Shorebird 2020 counts when funding for them ceased.

In 2010, she received a fellowship under an Alcoa of Australia-sponsored Earthwatch program to work overseas and spent two weeks in the Jizera Mountains in the Czech Republic studying the impacts of acid rain on vegetation and waterways.

The John Oldham Conservation Employee Award was established in honour of John Oldham, president of the Conservation Council of WA from 1967 to 1970.

It is awarded annually to an individual employed in the conservation sector who has demonstrated commitment to the environment.

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