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Thanks a Million to our Volunteers at Point Cook Coastal Park

Thursday 9 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.

In Point Cook Coastal Park volunteers from AMES, an organisation that assists newly arrived refugees and migrants to settle in to Australia, have made a remarkable contribution over the last few years.

 “We have a great relationship with AMES, and really value the great contribution these volunteers make. They give their time and effort so generously in helping us to make Point Cook Coastal Park a great place to visit, admire and enjoy.” said Parks Victoria Ranger In Charge John Argote.

Ames volunteers have bagged and removed significant amounts of litter from the beach area and planted trees and shrubs in bare areas of the park to create habitat for the many birds that live and feed in the park. The new native vegetation replaces shrubs that used to provide shelter for rabbits, which damaged the park ecosystem.

“They are vital partners who share our passion for protecting and enhancing the coastal environment and migratory bird habitat,”

Parks Victoria’s volunteers 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 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.

For more information about becoming a park or waterway volunteer call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

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