Posts made in May, 2016

The Rottnest Raffle 2016 is Now Closed.

Posted on 25 May, 2016

The Rottnest Raffle 2016 is Now Closed.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket in this year’s raffle. The Raffle is now closed and the winners will be drawn on the 11th of November 2016. Winners will be notified and published in the West Australian on 16 November 2016.   All proceeds directly support our major environmental and cultural heritage projects on Rottnest Island. Thanks again to the generosity of the Rottnest Island businesses, the Rottnest Island Authority, a number of WA wineries, restaurants and retailers who all helped to make this year our biggest prize pool to-date! ROTTNEST RAFFLE 2016 SPONSORS   All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST. All proceeds go towards cultural and environmental Island projects. Raffle Opens: 1 May 2016 Raffle Closes: 1 November 2016 Raffle Drawn: 11 November 2016 Winners will be notified and published in the West Australian on 16 November 2016. Maximum number of tickets in draw – 5,000 Permit Holder: Pauline McMullan on behalf of the Rottnest Foundation Inc. Permit No LS208550716. Keep your tickets in a safe place, tickets will not be replaced nor money refunded after purchase. Do not allow anyone to make reprints or copies of your e-raffle ticket. To claim your prize, you will need to supply identification containing your name and address which will be verified against the original purchase. If fraud is suspected, you may be prosecuted. For more information contact: Rottnest Foundation on 9448 8150 or email: [email protected] The Rottnest Foundation would like to acknowledge the Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Island Businesses, a number of WA wineries, restaurants and retailers for their support with this Raffle.            ...

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Volunteering WA Gala Dinner 11th May 2016

Posted on 19 May, 2016

Volunteering WA Gala Dinner 11th May 2016

The Wadjemup Bidi Steering Committee had a great time at the Volunteering WA Awards Gala Dinner held on 11th May 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Perth. The entire committee attended, and the majority had never attended this event before. It was great to be networking in a social setting, having fun and celebrating together as part of National Volunteer Week. It was an amazing opportunity to see the volunteering work being done in WA and hear the speeches of well deserving winners. Thank you very much to the Rottnest Island Authority for funding the committee to attend and in particular thanks to Eilidh Graham, the RIA Wadjemup Bidi Coordinator for organising it all. Event Schedule- 11th May 2016- Volunteering WA Awards Presentation- Gala Dinner Stirling Times 17th May 2016- Photo of Jeff King & Eilidh Graham- Volunteering WA Gala...

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Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Planting Day 7th May 2016

Posted on 19 May, 2016

Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Planting Day 7th May 2016

Rottnest Express provide support for our Foundation in multiple ways, including sponsorship of the annual Rottnest Festival of Sail event, promoting us on their website, donating prizes for the annual Rottnest Raffle (on sale soon) and sponsoring our annual Calendar featuring stunning photos that capture the essence of Rottnest. Since 2014, Rottnest Express has also sponsored 500 return ferry fares annually for volunteers to come over to Rottnest Island and help build the Wadjemup Bidi. The Wadjemup Bidi project is a 45km trail network that provides visitor access to Rottnest’s beautiful natural features and cultural history in an environmentally sustainable manner. A major part of the project involves rehabilitation of informal access tracks & previously damaged areas. As part of the Wadjemup Bidi project, formalised beach access has recently been installed at Ricey Beach which also provides disabled access to the bay. On Saturday 7th of May Rottnest Express staff and family members joined forces with Rottnest Foundation members, braving the rain and wind, to plant 1800 seedlings and spread brushing to revegetate damaged dunes and close informal access tracks previously caused by people making their own way to Ricey Beach. Rottnest Foundation member Mark Mazzoni provided the following feedback from his day volunteering on the Island. ‘Just a quick email to say thanks again for a great day yesterday. Some might have been a bit disappointed by the rain and wind, but personally I thought it was just the ticket to avoid getting sunburned and to stay cool while working. Apart from the mid-morning downpour (which was a little miserable, I will admit) the occasional drizzle was actually a bit refreshing. Felt really good to be out doing something productive. Can’t wait for the next one.’ Kind regards Mark Mazzoni Thank you to those Rottnest Express staff and family members, and Foundation members who participated in the day. The Wadjemup Bidi project is a significant tourism and conservation initiative and we are proud to have Rottnest Express both as a sponsor and now part of our team of volunteers, working together to conserve Rottnest...

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BHP Billiton Planting Day 6th May 2016

Posted on 13 May, 2016

BHP Billiton Planting Day 6th May 2016

Rottnest Foundation is working in partnership with BHP Billiton to implement two sections of the Wadjemup Bidi project. More info. As part of this partnership, 19 BHP Billiton employees volunteered to plant 400 seedlings on Rottnest Island on Friday 6th of May. The site chosen for revegetation is  where a sculpture has recently been designed and installed by Aboriginal Noongar artist Peter Farmer. After lunch, the group was taken on the ‘Secrets of the Lakes’ tour by three Rottnest Voluntary Guides. This tour showcases the Gabbi Karniny Bidi section of the Wadjemup Bidi and promotes the protection and conservation of the salt lakes which are highly valuable biodiversity assets. One of the BHP Billiton employees who participated in the planting day was Viet Nguyen, who has been involved with the partnership since its inception. Viet provided Eilidh Graham (RIA Wadjemup Bidi Coordinator) with feedback on behalf of the entire group following the planting day> ‘The entire day was well run and plenty of time was spent setting the context of why we were tree planting as well as the connection to the investment that BHP Billiton has made. I was impressed with the professionalism of the day, quality of the sculpture, tribute to the indigenous heritage and the strategy behind the project. Please pass on our thanks to Jon, Elizabeth and Francine for their walking tour; we appreciated their knowledge and passion for the Island. I think I can speak on everyone’s behalf when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It’s wonderful that you have been able to collectively develop the project to what it is today. As West Australians, we all have our own personal fond memories on the island, and this is a fantastic opportunity to do something practical and good for the broader community.’ Viet Nguyen (Superintendent HSE AI&R Iron Ore) From all of us here at the Rottnest Foundation, we would like to thank BHP Billiton volunteers for helping to deliver the Wadjemup Bidi project which is aiding to conserve the Island for future generations. BHP Billiton employees are scheduled to plant on the Island as part of the trail project on the following dates 27th May 2016 3rd June 2016 10th June 2016 17th June 2016 24th June 2016 & 22nd July...

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BHP Billiton Site Visit to View Trail Development

Posted on 13 May, 2016

BHP Billiton Site Visit to View Trail Development

Rottnest Foundation is working in partnership with BHP Billiton to implement the Karlinyah Bidi and Wardan Nara Bidi sections of the Wadjemup Bidi project. The Wadjemup Bidi project is a 45 km network of trails that provides a new low impact recreational opportunity that connects the community to the Island’s unique natural features, abundance of wildlife and rich cultural heritage, whilst also doubling as a management tool to address conservation issues associated with visitor use of the Island. For more information on the partnership between Rottnest Foundation and BHP Billiton, please click here. Anna Aitken (Specialist Social Investment Programs Corporate Affairs- BHP Billiton) and Fran Ferreira (Manager Social Investment Iron Ore Corporate Affairs- BHP Billiton) visited Rottnest Island on the 27th of April 2016 to view progress of the trail’s development. After a slightly bumpy ferry ride to Rottnest, the day started with a meet and greet with members of the Wadjemup Bidi Project Team. Jeff King Rottnest Foundation Chairman Rosalie Small Rottnest Foundation Grants & Sponsorship Coordinator Eilidh Graham Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) Walk Trail Coordinator Holly Knight RIA General Manager of Heritage, Environment, Risk and Safety Rodney Carmichael RIA Walk Trail Operations Officer Ben Howell BHP Billiton Walk Trail Operations Officer Firstly, Anna and Fran were shown the concept and location that has been chosen for the upcoming Major Trail Head sign that is being installed in the Settlement. The group then hopped in cars and drove to the south side of BHP’s walk trail section where we stopped at one end of Strickland Bay and walked a newly cut part of trail to Narrow Neck to view the whale sculpture created by Aboriginal Noongar Artist Peter Farmer. In between showers of rain, we drove on to the West End of the Island, where we strolled along the West End Boardwalk and appreciated the beautiful views. We sat down and enjoyed our packed lunches before walking to the Cathedral Rocks Seal Viewing Platform where everyone enjoyed the New Zealand Seals flipper-sailing and sunning themselves. In the afternoon we explored the north side of the trail, where we viewed the new beach access at Ricey Beach and then walked the newly cut trail down to Catherine Bay on to the beach via the new beach access that was installed by the Green Army. Little Armstrong Bay was our last stop, which is in critical need of repair due to the numerous informal ad-hoc access tracks and erosion that is damaging the site. Formalised beach access at Little Armstrong is planned to be constructed using BHP Billiton funds in winter 2016. The re-alignment and construction of formalised beach access at key bays along the Wadjemup Bidi is critical to stabilising the fragile coastal environment aiding to conserve and enhance the sites for future generations. Anna and Fran were very happy with progress to-date and enjoyed their time on the Island. The trail sections funded by BHP Billiton will be open and walkable by the end of December...

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