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Minister Ryan Smith congratulates Don Marsh - founding member of the Friends of Organ Pipes

Minister Ryan Smith congratulates Don Marsh - founding member of the Friends of Organ Pipes

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Minister Ryan Smith presents a Certificate of Appreciation to the Friends of Organ Pipes

Minister Ryan Smith presents a Certificate of Appreciation to the Friends of Organ Pipes

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Friends of the Organ Pipes celebrate 40 years

Tuesday 13 November, 2012

The longest running Friends Group of any park in Victoria celebrated its 40th anniversary with a community party last Sunday.

The Friends of the Organ Pipes National Park have been helping return it to a natural environment since its declaration in March 1972.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith joined the celebrations at the park and presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the group’s founding member Mr Don Marsh.

He also presented the group with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Parks Victoria as an acknowledgement of the enormous contribution it has made to the park over four decades.

“They’ve helped make it a park again; removed rubbish, got rid of weeds, and revegetated it with indigenous trees and shrubs that they propagated themselves with local seed. As a result the park is now home to many native species such as kangaroos, wallabies and platypuses.”

The Friends of Organ Pipes are also involved in projects to re-establish and monitor other native animals in the park, such as Sugar Gliders, native bats and frogs. 

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