Vale Dr Joe Baker AO OBE

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

“We are saddened today to learn of the passing of Dr Joe Baker, AO OBE.

“A marine pharmacology pioneer and world authority on natural resource management, Dr Baker served as the ACT’s inaugural Commissioner for the Environment from 1994 to 2004. Dr Baker undertook this role with a dedication informed by his decades of experience, and a steadfast commitment to protecting our natural environment for future generations to enjoy.

“Dr Baker also served as an inspirational leader in marine science and a wise and generous mentor to many key figures in Australia’s environmental, science and technology industries. Among Dr Baker’s many achievements include gaining World Heritage listing for the Great Barrier Reef. He laid the foundations for the ACT’s Office for the Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainability, and oversaw the first five ACT State of the Environment Reports.”

Professor Baker received many honours throughout his distinguished career, including the Order of the British Empire in 1982 for services to marine science, and was appointed as an officer in the Order of Australia in 2002 for his contribution to environmental studies and chemistry.

“On behalf of the ACT Government and the Australian Capital Territory, I would like to convey our thoughts and well wishes to Dr Baker’s family and friends, particularly his wife Valerie, at this difficult time.”