You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Call for volunteers to help others explore the Grampians

News

All terrain wheelchair at Grampians

All terrain wheelchair at Grampians

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Call for volunteers to help others explore the Grampians

Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy helping people?

Parks Victoria is seeking volunteers to be trained as all-terrain wheelchair operators to help people with limited mobility to explore the Grampians National Park.

Parks Victoria Volunteer Coordinator, Katherine Dyson, said she hoped the pilot Volunteer Sherpa Program will enable more people with a disability to experience the great outdoors.

“All-terrain wheelchairs have been introduced to many popular parks across the state and are proving to be really popular. However, not everybody has someone who can push the wheelchair along the park trails,” she said.

“This program will give people a great opportunity to help others enjoy the beautiful surrounds right here on our doorstep and I think it will be highly rewarding for all those involved.

“Research tells us that getting into parks and connecting with nature is good for people’s mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing so the more people who can visit Victoria’s beautiful parks, the better,” said Ms Dyson.

“Volunteers will learn how to operate the all-terrain wheelchairs and which trails have good wheelchair access. They will also gain an insight into interacting positively with a person who is living with a disability,” she said.

Induction program details:

When: 10am on Saturday, 12 April 2014.

Where: Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre, 277 Grampians Road, Halls Gap.

Who: All willing and able volunteers welcome.

Parks Victoria staff members will be joined by David Stratton, an advocate of the all-terrain wheelchairs who is living with a disability himself, to conduct the training.

Anyone interested in volunteering or attending the session can contact:

Katherine Dyson, Volunteer Coordinator, Grampians National Park on (03) 5361 4063 or email kdyson@parks.vic.gov.au

The Sherpa Volunteer Program is part of a wider initiative across Victoria to improve park access for all.



Media enquiries

Kate Milkins
0430 006 978

Parks Victoria media centre

Recent Stories

Pier jumping victim’s summer safety warning

Friday 2 December, 2016
Nazim Erdem in conjunction with Parks Victoria and spinal cord injury organisations Independence Australia and Spire (a division of AQA…

From mites to mammoths: wildlife secrets discovered in far east Victoria

Friday 2 December, 2016
New species discoveries, incredibly diverse creatures and plants, and close encounters with humpback whales were just some of the highlights…

Fire prevention works begin in Melbourne’s outer suburbs

Wednesday 30 November, 2016
Work is underway on the seasonal program to reduce the risk of bushfires and grassfires across Melbourne’s outer suburbs to…

Vulnerable Regent Parrots reign supreme in hidden gem reserve

Wednesday 23 November, 2016
Recent discoveries of vulnerable and endangered bird species in unexpectedly high numbers in Victoria’s northwest Mallee region have astounded scientists,…

Fry's Hut restoration complete

Tuesday 22 November, 2016
A collaborative effort between Parks Victoria and the Victorian High Country Huts Association (VHCHA) to restore Fry’s Hut in the…

Have Your Say on Boating & Swimming Zones review in Port Phillip & Western Port

Tuesday 22 November, 2016
Parks Victoria is inviting the public to comment on proposed revisions to existing and planned boating and swimming zones in…

View all media releases