Beverley Shuker

Volunteer for Darwin River Bushfire Brigade

NTNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Beverley Shuker has been a devoted volunteer firefighter, tanker driver and committee member for 42 years. Through a lengthy advocacy campaign with Bushfires NT, Beverley, supported by her husband Hek (and others), was instrumental in having the brigades officially gazetted in 1984.

With a deep love of animals, Beverley has also been a dedicated wildlife carer with Wildcare NT for more than 20 years. She takes in orphaned animals and birds, nurses them back to health and releases them back into their natural habitat somewhere on her farm.

She also volunteers on the management committee of the Berry Springs Recreation Reserve, where she supports the running of the reserve. Beverley was instrumental in organising the Berry Springs Markets.

In 2019, Beverley’s commitment to volunteering, her community support efforts and passion for fire management were recognised with the Northern Territory Volunteer of the Year Award.