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Parks Victoria says thank you to volunteers

Monday 9 June, 2014

Environmental volunteers celebrated their achievements at the Parks Victoria Volunteer Recognition Event held on Saturday 31st May at Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

Parks Victoria’s Ranger in Charge Kym Schramm welcomed and thanked attendees for their enormous volunteering efforts in the North West District.

“The event was about celebrating the efforts of both individuals and groups who have made outstanding volunteer contributions to Victoria’s magnificent park system. It was great to see such a turnout of volunteers and to take the time to reflect on and celebrate the work they do” said Mr Schramm.

Parks Victoria recognises that it cannot manage all public land alone and thanks volunteers for their outstanding contribution to help care for Victoria’s parks. The generous work of volunteers benefits not only our precious natural and cultural environments; it also benefits the wider community and future generations.

“Parks Victoria is indeed privileged to have so many passionate volunteers devoting numerous hours to protecting and enhancing our precious natural and cultural environments. These volunteers provide inspiration for others to care for the environment” said Mr Schramm.

Seven groups attended the event including the Mildura 4WD Club, Friends of Kings Billabong, Friends of Merbein Common, Yelta Landcare Group, Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Mildura), Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group and the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club Australia.

Regional Director Craig Stubbings said “The examples of volunteering seen here in the Northern Region exemplify what can be achieved with dedication and passion. Parks Victoria’s heartfelt thanks go to all of our volunteers around the state and those who were present at Saturday’s event”.

In Victoria, nearly 220 000 hours of work was undertaken by Parks Victoria volunteers in 180 parks and reserves across the state in 2012/13. This equates to nearly 30 000 volunteer days and is the equivalent of 123 full time staff for a year.

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