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A Big Thank You to Alpine Track Volunteers

Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Parks Victoria is thanking its many volunteer groups across the state during National Volunteer Week, 13-19 May. Around 200 volunteer and Friends groups donate their time and energy to Victorian parks, reserves, and marine sanctuaries throughout the year. Last year they contributed over 20,000 days of unpaid work. The figure for this financial year is already 19,000 volunteer days.  

Groups of Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteers have been working hard on different sections of the Australian Alps Walking Track over the past few months. Small groups averaging three volunteers and a team leader worked at various locations including The Knobs, Mt Sunday and Mt McDonald. CVA’s team leaders Charlie Dangerfield and Tim Fraser say that over six trips the teams contributed 42 staff days and 120 volunteer days repairing one of Australia’s most iconic walking tracks.

“They’ve been chainsawing, brushcutting, installing drains and using hand tools whilst camping out on site for up to six nights, says Nigel Watts, Ranger with the King Howqua Unit of the Alpine National Park . “Their ages ranged from 20 to mid 60’s and some had never used a brushcutter or done walking track work before, but to their credit they worked really well and put in a lot of effort.”

Nigel says the help from these groups has made a huge difference; repairing 23 km of track, laying 930 metres of rubber matting and installing eight water bars to prevent erosion.

“We couldn’t get this work done on the Alpine Walking Track without the CVA volunteers and their team leaders. It’s a win-win situation for us and for them; an opportunity to get out into the Alps, help with managing this area and enjoy this beautiful landscape.”

Parks Victoria’s volunteers come from many places - community, schools, special interest groups and corporate organisations, and get involved in many different activities: tree planting, revegetation,  campground hosting, running plant nurseries and clearing tracks.

The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week is ‘Thanks a Million’, referring to the six million people of all ages and backgrounds who volunteer around Australia each year. Over a third of our nation’s population.

Contact Conservation Volunteers Australia on 1800 032 501 or www.conservationvolunteers.com.au.



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