Media Releases 2018

Posted on 10/05/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Celebrating the Nature Parks’ volunteers

Phillip Island Nature Parks is pleased to be celebrating National Volunteer Week with a BBQ lunch on Monday 21 May, to formally thank and acknowledge all of our volunteers for the wonderful work that they do. This year’s theme of Give a little, Change a lot seems particularly appropriate for so many of the Nature Parks’ volunteers who have contributed so much over the years and had a significant impact on our island home.

It could be said that many of our volunteers actually Give a lot, Change even more like volunteer Rob Humphrys who has been giving his time to the Barb Martin Bushbank and Surf Beach Sunderland Bay Coast Action Group for around 7 years. Rob’s previous life included a stint in the banking industry followed by around 4 decades of importing, exporting and publishing books, the last 35 years being in the family business he set up.

“We published books on environmental, indigenous and ethical subjects,” said Rob recently “so it seemed like a great opportunity to harness my passion for the environment and put something back into the community after having led such a busy life with a family of seven kids and our own business. I’ve got more time on my hands now, and as I have grown increasingly aware of the issues facing our environment, I wanted to help somehow.”

“As well as knowing that I’m actually making a difference, I get to enjoy the camaraderie of the rest of the Bushbank volunteer contingent and the occasional visits from some of the local residents like Cape Barren geese, Long-necked turtles, echidna and even a big, fat copperhead snake.”

“The transition to the Nature Parks managing the Bushbank has been such a positive change and the volunteers are full of enthusiasm and really keen to contribute in whatever way they can. The Bushbank now has access to the latest research and technology, more resources and badly needed capital works.”

“Habitat is critical to the future of Phillip Island to support both tourism and conservation. The Bushbank and groups like Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay Coast Action help promote this through habitat renewal and growth,” concluded Rob.

Since the introduction of the Nature Parks’ new volunteer program in August, volunteers have an even wider range of opportunities to contribute including carrying out conservation work to increase biodiversity on the island, helping conduct research on Eastern Barred Bandicoots, protecting the Hooded Plovers, interacting with our visitors to ensure there visit is memorable, and so much more.

The Nature Parks’ celebratory BBQ lunch will be held at the Rhyll Mechanics Hall and Park between 11.30am and 2.00pm on Monday 21 May, and will include recognition of our long-term volunteers plus guest speakers from Zoos Victoria and the Nature Parks. Please RSVP by Friday 18 May to our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachael on 0437 476 833 or at volunteers@penguins.org.au

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Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au