Con­ser­va­tion­ist hon­oured

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

KIM Sarti be­lieves you should leave Earth in a bet­ter place than when you ar­rived.

The Carlisle res­i­dent has ded­i­cated much of his life to the en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion at var­i­ous vol­un­teer roles at or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the WA Mu­seum, the Wild­flower So­ci­ety of WA and the Ur­ban Bush­land Coun­cil WA.

His hard work in projects to con­serve bush­land and keep­ing an eye on cock­a­too num­bers has been recog­nised with an Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal (OAM).

Mr Sarti said his pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment be­gan when he moved to Kelm­scott in 1975.

“I wanted some na­tive plants for my gar­den and so I met up with the Ar­madale branch of the Wild­flower So­ci­ety of WA and by the next year I was pres­i­dent,” he said.

“The group op­er­ates un­der the credo ‘know, grow, con­serve and grow’, with our goal be­ing to main­tain con­ser­va­tion es­tates and Bush For­ever sites.

“You don’t know what you’ve got un­til it’s gone.”

Mr Sarti be­gan vol­un­teer­ing with the WA Mu­seum in 2001 and has been in­volved in projects such as the The Cock­a­too Care Pro­gram.

“I used to catch a train from Kelm­scott into the city, where I worked for Tel­stra and I would talk to cu­ra­tor of or­nithol­ogy Ron John­stone,” he said.

“Tel­stra made me re­dun­dant and so I started vol­un­teer­ing at the mu­seum. I’ve got a sci­en­tific in­ter­est and so I’m been in­volved in flora, bird and ver­te­brate sur­veys.

“The big­gest project that I worked on was Bun­gen­dore Park, which is a piece of bush that has prob­lems of il­le­gal dump­ing.

“The Cock­a­too Care Pro­gram was a cit­i­zen sci­ence project which in­volved peo­ple send­ing in their ob­ser­va­tions and I helped out with the data­base. It’s been eye-open­ing; you get a look be­hind the scenes and work with sci­en­tific peo­ple.”

Mr Sarti said he was shocked to re­ceive the OAM.

“My first re­ac­tion was ‘whoa’ but it’s great be­cause it’s recog­ni­tion from my peers,” he said.

“All my work in the com­mu­nity groups has been a team ef­fort.

“As the say­ing goes, ‘if you want to be suc­cess­ful then sur­round your­self with suc­cess­ful peo­ple’.”

Carlisle res­i­dent Kim Sarti has been recog­nised for his con­ser­va­tion work.

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