HART Krtschil AM was honoured posthumously this past Australia Day and is now a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to biosecurity and quarantine systems, to compliance development and to the freight transport industry”.
Mr Krtschil passed away in September 2016 after being diagnosed with cancer.
In a joint statement, AFIF CEO Brian Lovell and CBFCA CEO Paul Damkjaer said they had worked closely with Mr Krtschil on several committees, notably the Industry Working Group on Quarantine and the Sydney Sea Cargo Facilitation Committees.
“We remember not only his vast knowledge and expertise, but also his dry wit and great sense of humour,” they said.
“Therefore, in addition to the memories we have of a wise old friend and colleague, we can now also celebrate the fact that he has also received the highest recognition he could achieve in this country.
Mr Lovell and Mr Damkjaer said Mr Krtschil’s partner, Evelyn, is rightly proud and feels the Australia Day honour is a great recognition of his life’s work for this industry.
“Let’s raise a glass, once again, to Hart Krtschil AM and toast this man who cared deeply about protecting Australia in his work with the Government, Quarantine and Biosecurity services and his desire for improved efficiency and fairness in the process,” they said.