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Thanks a Million to the Volunteers at Werribee Park

Monday 13 May, 2013

National Volunteer Week, 13-19 May, is giving Parks Victoria the chance to say a special thank you to its many volunteer groups across the state. 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 year they contributed over 20,000 days of unpaid work, and the figure for this year looks likely to pass that with currently over 19,000 volunteer days for this financial year.

“Our volunteers play a major role in helping us to maintain the cultural and aesthetic elements of Werribee Park,” said Parks Victoria Ranger In Charge James Brincat.

“In Werribee Park the Friends of Werribee Park support Parks Victoria staff in many ways. They assist in maintaining the magnificent formal gardens, as well as keeping the more rustic farm area looking at it’s best. In the Mansion they run a costume program every Saturday where visitors can learn about clothes from the Victorian era and even get to try them on. They also support our events and holiday programs right through the year.”

Werribee Park is also fortunate enough to have other volunteer groups including the Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters Inc, and Werribee Park Heritage Orchard Inc., who run extensive programs in their respective areas.

 “We have a great relationship with the Friends of Werribee Park and really value the great contribution they make. They give their time and effort so generously in helping we make Werribee Park a great place to visit, admire and enjoy. They are vital partners who share our passion for these unique environments,” said Mr Brincat.”

Parks Victoria and AMES are working in partnership at Werribee Park on a number of projects including the Kitchen Garden Project, which addresses isolation issues in our new and emerging communities, and the Parks Victoria Internship program, which is aimed at improving the skills of some of our younger refugees in environmental and horticultural streams.

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.

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 Werribee Park or how you can become a volunteer call 13 1963.

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