Posts made in May, 2017

Rottnest Island Volunteer Networking Day – 11 May 2017

Posted on 23 May, 2017

Rottnest Island Volunteer Networking Day – 11 May 2017

Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Foundation and Rottnest Express, in support of National Volunteer Week, co-hosted a Rottnest Island Volunteer Networking Day on the Island, Thursday 11 May 2017. The first half of the day involved speeches from the RIA CEO Michelle Reynolds and Rottnest Express Director of Sales and Marketing Nicole Passarelli followed by presentations by the main Rottnest volunteer groups regarding their objectives, achievements and current projects. Interested Island stakeholders were invited to participate as audience members. Volunteer group presentations included: – Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association – Brian Gunn – Rottnest Society – Eric Moxham – Rottnest Foundation – Jeff King & Rosie Small – Nursery Volunteers – Luke Wheat – Rottnest Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service – Brendon McLaughlin & Tracy Brown – Rottnest Island Railway Advisory Committee – Jock Henderson & Bill Larke – Winnit Club – Mark Hutchinson & Terry Hardie After the volunteer group presentations, Veronica Phillips, a wildlife ecologist who has just completed her PhD on Quokkas at the University of Western Australia, volunteered her time to deliver a presentation called ”The demographics and ecology of the Rottnest Island quokka’. The Rottnest Foundation were proud to provide morning tea and lunch for the event, courtesy of a successful $1000 grant from Volunteering WA (supported by Lotterywest). In the afternoon, the volunteers were provided an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Rottnest Nursery, a guided Aboriginal Heritage Tour or enjoy free time on the Island. Thank you to Rottnest Express who sponsored the ferry fares for the volunteers to attend this event and to the RIA Events Team & tour guides for organising and running a successful day! There is a lot of great work being done by our Island volunteer groups and these types of events are invaluable to foster knowledge sharing, networking, skill development and capacity building. Thank you to all our Island volunteers, keep up the excellent...

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Rottnest Foundation & BHP – Wadjemup Bidi Partnership Project Complete

Posted on 17 May, 2017

Rottnest Foundation & BHP – Wadjemup Bidi Partnership Project Complete

Rottnest Foundation partnered with BHP in December 2014 and over the course of two and a half years, BHP contributed $559,100 towards the Wadjemup Bidi project. BHP was the first corporate partner of the Wadjemup Bidi project and has provided the largest corporate philanthropic investment the Island has ever seen in support of conserving the environmental assets of Rottnest Island. BHP supported the project: – To ensure the conservation of Rottnest Island for future generations – To recognise and celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage and their connection to the Island – To improve the safety of areas where adhoc access had contributed to erosion and instability – To foster knowledge sharing, networking, skill development and capacity building for Rottnest Island volunteer groups – To provide a new outdoor recreational experience that the community can enjoy BHP funding specifically has been used for the establishment of the Karlinyah Bidi and Wardan Nara Bidi sections of the trail. These sections are now complete and open to visitors. The Karlinyah Bidi (approx. 6km long) starts 300m after the turn off to Little Parakeet Bay and leads visitors through the beautiful bays of the northern beaches before ending at Narrow Neck. The Wardan Nara Bidi (approx. 10km long), starts at Narrow Neck and allows visitors to explore the world class surf break at Strickland Bay, the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the WWII guns & tunnels before crossing to the coastline to experience the beauty of Salmon Bay. Both trail sections are one way and can be started at either end. Below is a summary of everything that was achieved as part of the partnership project. Construction – Improved beach access has been constructed at Narrow Neck, Catherine Bay, Little Armstrong Bay and Armstrong Point. – Directional markers have been installed to guide walkers. – New facilities have been installed to improve visitor experience including seats, bike racks, shelters, picnic settings and bin enclosures. Volunteers – Over the course of the partnership, 161 BHP employees volunteered their time, participating in planting 2858 endemic seedlings and spreading brushing to help close informal access as part of the trail project. – The partnership paid for all logistics to get a number of volunteer groups over to the Island to help with revegetation and construction aspects of the project including Rottnest Society, Conservation Volunteers, the Winnit Club and the Rottnest Foundation. – A total of 1590 volunteer hours contributed to the project, converted into a value of $47,700 hrs of in-kind support (valued at $30/hr). Revegetation – A total of 7158 seedlings (Inc. BHP’s contribution) were planted to close informal adhoc access and rehabilitate damaged areas, equating to 5444 m² that has been revegetated. These seedlings were propagated in the Rottnest Nursery. Aboriginal Culture – Two hand cranked audio signs have been produced and installed at Ricey Beach and Strickland Bay, which relay stories told by Aboriginal Traditional Owners. – Peter Farmer, an Aboriginal Noongar artist, created and installed the Mamong Djoororts (Whale Tracks) sculpture located at Strickland Bay. – Two Aboriginal artists, Aurora and Cassandra Abraham, designed the cut out artwork that features on the interpretive signs at major intersections of the Wardan Nara Bidi and Karlinyah Bidi. Interpretation – A short documentary that explores the history of surfing on Rottnest Island can be accessed by scanning the QR code located on the informative sign or inside the surfing hut at Strickland Bay. The doco includes interviews with well-known local surfers and commentators, interweaving iconic footage and images of surfing since the 1950’s to the current day. The RIA also contributed funds to produce this documentary. –...

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Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Planting Day 6 May 2017

Posted on 17 May, 2017

Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Planting Day 6 May 2017

Rottnest Express (REX) is a strong supporter of Rottnest Foundation’s objectives to protect and conserve the Island, including its commitment to raising funds and engaging community support for conservation projects. REX is a generous supporter of all RF fundraising initiatives, including the Foundation Raffle, Foundation Calendar, Festival of Sail, and since October 2015, has incorporated the option to purchase Rottnest Foundation Membership through their online ferry booking system. REX fully supports the Wadjemup Bidi (walk trail) project objectives to deliver environmental, cultural and recreational opportunities that increase visitor satisfaction, foster improved health and support the sustainable growth of visitors to the Island. Since 2014, REX has partnered with the RF and RIA, by sponsoring up-to 500 ferry fares annually for volunteers working on Island conservation projects, including the Wadjemup Bidi. Over the last three years (2014-16), REX has sponsored 1,198 return ferry fares for volunteers from 8 community groups (Rottnest Foundation, Rottnest Society, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), CVA Indigenous Green Corps, Scouts, Venturers, Rottnest Nursery Volunteers & the Green Army) who have contributed 15,106 hrs to complete revegetation tasks including fencing removal, seed collection, plant propagation, tree planting, tree guard maintenance, sand dune stabilisation, sea spurge weeding and rubbish collection. Volunteers from these groups have planted over 25,000 seedlings, which were propagated in the Rottnest Nursery using native seed collected on the Island. Rottnest Foundation and Rottnest Express are volunteering together to plant trees as part of the Wadjemup Bidi project 2016-18. On Saturday 6 May 2017 Rottnest Express participants joined forces with Rottnest Foundation members to plant 1000 seedlings to revegetate damaged areas and the blow-out at Green Island. Rehabilitation of these sites has stabilised the area, greatly reducing the amount of sand blowing onto the road. In turn this reduces risk and makes the road less dangerous for road users. A huge thank you to the Rottnest Express staff and family members, and Foundation members who participated in this planting day. RF and the RIA truly appreciate the generosity and commitment that Rottnest Express demonstrates to the Wadjemup Bidi and other conservation projects on Rottnest...

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London Chapter Wine Night a Huge Success!

Posted on 17 May, 2017

London Chapter Wine Night a Huge Success!

The London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation has been resurrected and a Committee has been formed, headed by Sandy Barblett, son of Pat Barblett A.M. who is Founder of the Rottnest Foundation and current Vice Chair. The London Chapter Committee held a wine night on 4th May 2017 to re-launch the London Chapter and raise funds for the Foundation. The night was a great success with all 120 tickets selling out. Through ticket sales, a raffle and live auction the Committee raised ~ £7000 was raised to support the Rottnest Foundation and our major projects. Guests were even able to have a selfie taken with a quokka! A massive thank you to Sandy, Jahney, Simon, Josh and Kate for their outstanding event organising skills which has raised significant funds to help conserve our beloved Island for future generations. The London Chapter Committee would like to thank all the generous sponsors who contributed to the evening: Westpac Western Australian Government European Office Karma Resorts Rottnest Island Authority Bunnings Kurobutan Restaurants Little Creatures Brewery Vasse Felix McHenry Hohnen Swinney And finally, thank you to Bernardi’s for their generous support of the evening with a huge vote of thanks from the London Chapter Committee to Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi, and in also to Frankie (Events Manager), bar managers and staff who helped to make it a great...

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Rottnest Foundation Twilight Event 2017

Posted on 16 May, 2017

Rottnest Foundation Twilight Event 2017

Held on the Wednesday 5th  of April 2017 and now in its 3rd Year, the Rottnest Foundation Twilight Event is set to remain as an annual event following the Rottnest Festival of Sail weekend. Rottnest Foundation members mingled with the crew and sailors from the Rottnest Festival of Sail Event held the weekend before. The Foundation’s Chairman Jeff King delivered a short speech about the Foundation’s current projects and the awards were presented to the winning sailors by the former Premier Hon. Colin Barnett, MLA. Everyone enjoyed a meal and drink within the beautiful setting of the Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht...

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