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Parks Victoria says 'thanks a million' to our volunteers at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Friday 10 May, 2013

Parks Victoria is saying a special thank you to its many volunteer groups across the state as part of National Volunteer Week, which runs from 13-19 May 2013.

At Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary the Marine Care Ricketts Point (MCRP) friends group works hard to help protect and preserve the natural environment of the sanctuary and to educate the community about its value.

The group’s activities include mapping the sanctuary, surveying marine flora and fauna, exploring the natural and human history of the area and community education and engagement.

The group continues to help school children to explore this unique marine environment and has recently established a Marine Education Centre in the nearby Beaumaris Lifesaving Club.

“Our volunteers play a major role in helping us to look after the sanctuary. They get out in the water and conduct surveys, collecting data that helps us to monitor changes in the local environment over time. This information is really helpful in managing the sanctuary,” said Acting Ranger In Charge Damien Sayer.

“They also do a great job of spreading the word about this amazing marine environment in the community. Their enthusiasm and love of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is really infectious.”

“They give their time and effort so generously and help make Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary a great place to visit, admire and enjoy. We really value their contributions.”

Parks Victoria’s volunteers across the state come from community associations, schools, special interest groups and corporate organisations. They are involved in many different activities, ranging from tree planting and revegetation projects, to campground hosting, cultural site protection, running plant nurseries and clearing park tracks.

There are around 200 volunteer and friends groups who donate their time and energy to Victorian parks, reserves, and marine sanctuaries throughout the year. Last financial year they contributed over 20,000 days of unpaid work, and the figure for this financial year looks likely to pass that with over 19,000 volunteer days already contributed.

The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week is‘Thanks a Million’, and recognises the huge contribution of volunteers in our communities. Around six million people of all ages and backgrounds volunteer around Australia each year, representing over a third of our nation’s population.

To find out how you can volunteer with the Marine Care Ricketts Point visit www.marinecare.org.au or for more information about becoming a park or waterway volunteer call Parks Victoria on 13 1963. 

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