Mornington volunteer thanked during National Volunteer Week
Tuesday 6 May, 2014
The huge contribution volunteers make to Victoria’s parks is being acknowledged during National Volunteers Week, 12-18 May 2014.
Local Mornington resident, Amelia Travers is among those being thanked by Parks Victoria for volunteering as a Campground Host in the Grampians National Park for 20 days last month.
Now in its thirteenth year, Parks Victoria's Campground Host Program is a great way to for volunteers to get out and about in Victoria’s parks, while providing a contact point for the public.
Parks Victoria Manager Community Engagement, Deborah Prentice said campground hosts volunteer in many popular campgrounds during peak periods, such as summer and Easter.
“They do a great job in providing visitor orientation, park information and acting as a contact point between visitors and rangers,” said Ms Prentice.
Amelia, who is studying a Diploma of Secondary Education (Geography) and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography, said she loved her experience in the Grampians National Park and encouraged others to get involved.
“For me the highlights of working in the Grampians included working with a fantastic team of Parks Victoria staff who were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable.
“It was wonderful getting to learn about the park from people who know it like the back of their hand and then sharing that information with other campers.
“I enjoyed interacting with such a diverse range of campers from first timers to well-seasoned travellers. Being able to contribute to their holiday with advice, support and a smile was incredibly rewarding. It was also a great opportunity to take the time to experience a part of the world that I was relatively unfamiliar with. It was brilliant to get out on all the walks and explore the park without being rushed,” she said.
Last year volunteers contributed a record 218,970 volunteer hours across 180 parks and reserves in Victoria. This translates to 29, 751 volunteer days and reflects the strong relationships between Parks Victoria staff and local communities.
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