A tireless Busselton volunteer has been recognised with the Festival of Busselton 2013 Community Service Award.
Sixty-three-year-old Walter Lord was presented with the accolade at the festival’s closing concert in Signal Park last month.
The modest beef farmer said he was “surprised” by the award, as he felt there were others in Busselton who did more than him.
“My parents were great community people and I suppose they were my inspiration, ” he said.
“I just love my community, so it doesn’t feel like a chore.”
Mr Lord joined the North Acton Fire Brigade at the age of 15 and rose through the ranks to become captain — a role he still holds today.
He joined the Busselton Margaret River Men’s Hockey Association when he was 17 and worked hard to improve the facilities as well as coaching, umpiring and driving the bus for many years.
He is also president of the Busselton Agricultural Society and finds the time to volunteer in countless other guises while still working at his Chapman Hill farm.
While the years may be slipping by, the relentless do-gooder said he had no plans to slow down when it came to contributing to the community.
“There’s just so much to do and I seem to find the time to squeeze it all in.
“Maybe I’m just an energetic person. To be honest, I’ve never really stopped to think about it.”