Posts made in February, 2016

Lotterywest supports the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project

Posted on 22 Feb, 2016

Lotterywest supports the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project

    The Rottnest Foundation has raised $500,440 for the Wadjemup (Rottnest) Aboriginal Burial Ground Conservation Project through a successful Community Spaces Lotterywest Grant. This grant will fund Phase 2 of the Aboriginal Burial Ground Project, contributing to landscaping, interpretation and consultation with the Aboriginal community. Works are set to begin 2018. A formal presentation of this grant was conducted on Rottnest Island on Friday 12th of February 2016, by the Hon Peter Collier, MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Thank you to Rottnest Island Authority who hosted this important event, Paolo Amaranti (RIA CEO) who was our MC and John Driscoll (RIA Chairman) who conducted the opening speech. Thank you also to Professor Len Collard who performed the formal Welcome to Country and Kezia & Cedric Jacobs for their moving speech regarding their involvement and connection to the site and project. The Rottnest Island Authority will be contributing funds and providing their operational staff to work in partnership with the Rottnest Foundation and other stakeholders to deliver Phase 2. Lotterywest is unique. It is the only lottery organisation in Australia where money raised from the sale of Lotterywest Games is distributed directly to the WA community through their grants. Approximately one third of all money raised from the sale of Lotterywest Games is distributed through Lotterywest Grants to nearly 1000 different community organisations as well as the arts, sports, and health sectors. Rottnest Foundation is fortunate to have Lotterywest come on-board as the first major funding partner for the conservation of this Burial Ground and we encourage other individuals and organisations to contribute to this significant reconciliation project for WA. Koori Mail, 24th February 2016, Ed.620, Pg. 4, Funding for Rottnest Foundation Map – Rottnest Island- Showing location of Aboriginal Burial Ground Map – Rottnest Island Settlement Area – Showing location of Aboriginal Burial...

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Rottnest Express 2015 Sponsorship Achievements

Posted on 2 Feb, 2016

Rottnest Express 2015 Sponsorship Achievements

Since 2014, Rottnest Express has been sponsoring the Rottnest Foundation and one of our Major Projects, the Wadjemup Bidi, by providing up to 500 ferry fares for volunteers to come over to Rottnest Island and help implement the project each year. In 2015, Rottnest Express issued 443 free return ferry tickets to volunteers from 6 community groups: Rottnest Society, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Scouts WA, Nursery Volunteers, the Green Army and the Rottnest Foundation. These groups combined, provided a total of 4940.5 hours of their time to complete tasks associated with revegetation for the Wadjemup Bidi project. Revegetation tasks included: seed collection, plant propagation, tree planting, sand dune stabilisation (brushing), sea spurge weeding, rubbish collection and tree guard maintenance. A total of 6865 trees were planted by these volunteers! All of these plants were propagated in the Rottnest Nursery, which was reopened in 2011  by the Rottnest Island Authority Environment Team after being inactive for 10 years.  Seeds from local native plants are collected from around the Island and grown in the Nursery to assist in meeting revegetation, rehabilitation and amenity planting requirements for the Island. The Nursery is run primarily by a group of passionate volunteers. Approximately half of the native plant species propagated at the Nursery is utilised for  the Wadjemup Bidi project. Propagating seedlings in the Rottnest Nursery decreases material & freight costs and increases biodiversity of the Island. Quokkas graze heavily on seedlings, therefore tree guards are essential when undertaking revegetation on Rottnest in order to ensure newly planted seedlings are protected. The guards are removed once the plants have grown and hardened enough to either deter or withstand the grazing pressure. 10,779 guards were installed by these volunteers! 18,721 tree guards were removed by these volunteers! It is hard to put a price on volunteer in-kind support, as there are many positive benefits outside of the obvious labour aspect which should be taken into account when assessing volunteer input into a project e.g. knowledge about & passion for the Island and community capacity building through skill development & networking. However, the Tourism Industry currently uses a standard $30/hour to calculate a dollar figure for just the voluntary labour component. This dollar figure takes into account that volunteers are from all walks of life, ages and skill levels. Therefore, 4940.5 hours of in-kind labour made possible through Rottnest Express Sponsorship equates to a value of $148,215 of in-kind support! Hiring external contractors to complete the same tasks would have cost almost double this amount. Funds saved through utilising volunteer support and not having to pay ferry fares to get the volunteers to the Island, means more money can go directly into building the trail itself! We truly appreciate the generosity and commitment that Rottnest Express demonstrates to the Wadjemup Bidi project, the Rottnest Foundation and all other affiliated volunteer groups who contribute to conserving our Island. For further detail of what these volunteer groups achieved on-ground utilising Rottnest Express support, click here For more information on the Wadjemup Bidi project, click...

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Volunteer Breakfast 2015

Posted on 1 Feb, 2016

Volunteer Breakfast 2015

The Annual Volunteer Breakfast was held on Saturday 5th of December 2015 at Aristos Waterfront Restaurant, Rottnest Island. 13 Rottnest Foundation members attended. The buffet breakfast was delicious and was kindly served to us by members of the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) Board and Executive Team, along with the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Kim Hames. Thank you to the RIA  for hosting this great event to acknowledge and say ‘Thank You’ to all the volunteers who help to keep Rottnest Island the special place that we all...

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