Park Volunteers Recognised for Outstanding Service
Tuesday 20 May, 2014
Volunteers are being recognised for their outstanding contribution to Victoria’s parks in celebrations around the state this month.
Parks Victoria staff joined local volunteers at Nyerimilang Park last Saturday, 5th May, where seven groups were recognised for their years of service and the 2014 Kookaburra Awards were presented.
The Victorian High Country Huts Association received a Conserving Special Places Kookaburra Award for their work in restoring Wallace Hut, the oldest standing hut on the Bogong High Plains.
Ken Birch from the Victorian High Country Huts Association accepted the award on their behalf and thanked all volunteers for their work in Victoria’s parks.
Two groups, the Friends of State Coal Mine and Friends of Mallacoota were acknowledged for 30 years of service.
The Friends of Buchan Caves were acknowledged for 25 years of dedicated volunteering.
A number of local friends group were acknowledged for ten years of service:
Friends of Wonthaggi Heathlands
Friends of Glen Nayook
Friends of Lyrebird Forest Walk
Friends of Rokeby / Crossover Regional Park.
Parks Victoria’s Regional Director Andrew Marshall spoke of the huge contribution its volunteers make. “In Victoria last year over 200,000 hours of work was undertaken by Parks Victoria volunteers in 180 parks and reserves across the state.”
“They worked on everything from pest plant and animal control, re-vegetation, visitor services, community education and marine monitoring to building and maintaining walking tracks. We are very privileged to have so many passionate volunteers who love getting out into nature and helping to look after our parks.”
“There are many interesting and fun ways to volunteer and Parks Victoria would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved,” he said.
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