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Nominees and Winners of the Parks Victoria Kookaburra Awards celebrated in Maldon on the weekend.

Nominees and Winners of the Parks Victoria Kookaburra Awards celebrated in Maldon on the weekend.

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Parks Victoria says thank you to volunteers at Maldon

Monday 2 June, 2014

Environmental volunteers celebrated their achievements at the Parks Victoria Volunteer Recognition Event held on Saturday 31st May at Maldon.

Parks Victoria’s North Central District Manager John Williamson opened the event by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung People and then welcomed and thanked attendees for their enormous volunteering efforts in the North Central 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 Williamson.

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 Parks Victoria’s Regional Director, Northern Region, Craig Stubbings who presented the awards on Saturday.

Recognition was provided to the Friends of Kalimna Park who received a framed certificate and lapel pins to commemorate their 30 years of service milestone. Kalimna Park is part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.

Parks Victoria presents its Kookaburra Awards for volunteers every second year. A “Conserving Special Places Kookaburra Award” was presented to Terrick Terrick Grassland Fauna Survey Group for their efforts in undertaking a broad variety of fauna monitoring programs that provide Terrick Terrick National Park with one of the most comprehensive fauna and habitat monitoring projects in Victoria.

An “Individual Achievement Kookaburra Award” was presented to Marj May of the Friends of Kooyoora for her extensive work for over 20 years recording and documenting flora and fungi in Kooyoora State Park and on other public lands within the local area such as Inglewood Nature Conservation Reserve and Inglewood-Dunolly State Forest.

Other nominations in the district included the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group Inc. for their outstanding efforts to eradicate Wheel Cactus from Mount Tarrengower and the Maldon Historic Reserve; and Bill Casey of the Goldfields Track and Great Dividing Trail Association for undertaking bi weekly audits, surveys and mapping of tracks in various parks including Greater Bendigo National Park and surrounding park areas.

“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” said Mr Stubbings.

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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