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Celebrate National Volunteers Week at Patterson River

Monday 14 May, 2018

The Friends of Patterson River and Parks Victoria are holding a special working bee at Patterson River on Saturday 19 May 2018 celebrating the contribution of volunteers ahead of next week’s National Volunteers Week.

National Volunteers Week from 21-27 May celebrates the generous contribution of more than 6 million Australians who volunteer their time each year. This year’s National Volunteers Week theme ‘Give a little. Change a lot.’ speaks of the profound impact volunteers have on their communities through giving up their time.

In Victoria, volunteers contribute more than 220,000 hours each year to protecting and enhancing more than 150 parks and waterways with Parks Victoria. That’s the equivalent of $7.7 million worth of man hours supporting and the environment.

Saturday’s working bee is a great opportunity for members of the community to make a difference. Whether a new or existing volunteer, everyone is welcome to join in, meet new people and enjoy the outdoors.

Activities on the day will include planting, mulching, pruning and an afternoon tea.

For more information and to register for this event call 13 1963 or visit


Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Reece Taranto:

“It’s well known that healthy parks contribute significantly to the health of people and communities.

“Volunteering in our parks and waterways is a great way to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. There are significant social, physical and mental health benefits from to getting involved in our parks and waterways as a volunteer.”

“We encourage you to come along on Saturday and be part of the National Volunteer Week celebrations and you will meet new people, learn new skills and be part of a positive contribution to Patterson River and the local community.”

Media enquiries
Jarred Parsons
8427 2403

Parks Victoria media centre