Posts made in February, 2018

Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements 2017

Posted on 12 Feb, 2018

Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements 2017

Thanks again to our ongoing sponsor, Rottnest Express, for their generous support which enabled 330 volunteers to come to the Island and work on major conservation projects, including the Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Trail) project in 2017. More...

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Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements 2017

Posted on 12 Feb, 2018

Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements 2017

Thanks again to our ongoing sponsor, Rottnest Express, for their generous support which enabled 330 volunteers to come to the Island and work on major conservation projects, including the Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Trail) project in 2017. These 330 volunteers provided 3070 hours of volunteer support, which equates to $92,092.50 worth of in-kind labour (valued @ $30/hr). Volunteer activities included collecting seed around the Island, propagating seed in the Rottnest Island Nursery, Quokka monitoring, spreading of brushing to assist with erosion control, planting seedlings to close ad-hoc informal access and eroded areas (10,500 planted), removing tree guards, clean up of Parker Point dune site, collection of sea spurge weeds from the beach and construction of the Wadjemup Bidi and associated trail infrastructure. Site preparation and logistics such as bus transfers, packed lunches and site supervisors were provided by the Rottnest Island Authority. Volunteers supported by Rottnest Express came from a number of community groups including our Foundation and the Rottnest Society, who together planted 10,500 seedlings on the Island. Conservation Volunteers Australia were able to run a four day Indigenous Greencorps program which gives Aboriginal youth exposure to training and work experience activities that improve their likelihood of gaining employment in the conservation land management and environment sectors. A young man named Matt Almera was able to do work experience to help build the Wadjemup Bidi and also conducted sea spurge mapping across the entire Island, which helped him gain a qualification in Certificate III & IV in Conservation and Land Management at South Metropolitan TAFE. Part of Rottnest Express’s sponsorship also went towards getting volunteers to the Island so that they could participate in a Volunteer Networking Day held on 11 May 2017, which was a fabulous networking and knowledge sharing event for the main community groups that support Rottnest. More info. Support also allowed our very own Courtney Wheatley, a long standing Rottnest Foundation Board Member and his wife Trish a long term Rottnest Foundation member, to come to the Island and carry out skilled environmental monitoring and recording of the Island’s osprey colony during their breeding season. Courtney reported on 19 December 2017, “Rottnest has experienced a bumper Osprey breeding season, with 7 successful stacks (nests) in use, rearing 8 nestlings (chicks) to fledging so far, with 3 more late-hatched nestlings yet to take off.” It is amazing what these volunteers have accomplished on the Island and their work would not be possible without the support of Rottnest Express. Photo Collage – Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements Jan – Dec 2017 Stats – Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements Jan – Dec 2017 For more information about Rottnest Express, please visit  https://www.rottnestexpress.com.au/    ...

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Buy Chocolate Quokkas for Easter & Raise Funds for the Rottnest Foundation

Posted on 12 Feb, 2018

Buy Chocolate Quokkas for Easter & Raise Funds for the Rottnest Foundation

Why not buy a chocolate quokka for your friends and family this Easter, instead of a chocolate rabbit. Part proceeds from each chocolate quokka sold goes to the Rottnest Foundation to help us promote community awareness, research and conservation of WA’s unique quokka population. ‘Chokka the Quokka’ is packaged in a beautiful cylindrical box and can be bought from all Margaret River Chocolate Company stores located at the following addresses> Swan Valley- 5123 West Swan Road, West Swan WA 6055 Margaret River- 415 Harman’s Mill Rd, Metricup WA 6280 Perth City- 317 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000 Rottnest Foundation is proud to be a partner with the Margaret River Chocolate Company in the ‘Chokka the Quokka’  fundraising...

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Upcoming Rottnest Foundation London Chapter Event – 17 May 2018

Posted on 12 Feb, 2018

Upcoming Rottnest Foundation London Chapter Event –  17 May 2018

To all Rottnest Island enthusiasts in London, The London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation has been established to allow all those living in London an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of Rottnest Island and is active in raising funds for Rottnest Foundation conservation projects. Following the successful launch party of the London Chapter in 2017 which raised over £7,000, the Chapter is delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Rottnest Foundation Wine Night Date – Thursday 17 May 2018 Venue – Bernardis, 62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN Time – 6-9pm To purchase tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-rottnest-foundation-wine-night-tickets-41946780951 The aim of the Wine Night is to raise funds for the Rottnest Foundation while showcasing its work and enjoying food and wine contributed by some of Western Australia’s leading wineries. The venue ‘Bernardis’ can hold just over 100 people so we strongly advise to purchase tickets as soon as possible, as last year’s event was sold out. Please let us know if you have any prizes to donate for our raffle and/or auction. The Rottnest Foundation is currently working to raise funds to appropriately conserve, acknowledge and recognise the significance of the Aboriginal Burial Ground and ‘Quod’ (old prison building) on Rottnest Island. Looking forward to seeing you there, The Rottnest Foundation London Chapter Committee...

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The Last Wadjemup Bidi Steering Group Meeting – 2 February 2018

Posted on 12 Feb, 2018

The Last Wadjemup Bidi Steering Group Meeting – 2 February 2018

The Ngank Wen Bidi (south) section is currently being constructed and when it is finished, the entire trail, all five sections, will be open and walkable. As the Wadjemup Bidi is almost complete, on Friday 2 February 2018 the Wadjemup Bidi Steering Group consisting of representatives from Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Foundation, Conservation Volunteers, Rottnest Society, Winnit Club and Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association held their last meeting on Rottnest Island, where the group shared their thoughts on how happy and proud they were of the project and their contribution. The Group then enjoyed participating in the new ‘Whitecaps & Wilderness’ tour facilitated by Jenny and Lance from the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association, which commenced at Parker Point bus stop and ended at Little Salmon Bay. The group then visited the newly completed Ngank Wen Bidi (north) section of the trail project, which was funded by the Commonwealth Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme through a successful grant obtained by the Rottnest Foundation. This Steering Group was formed in 2013 and has since met quarterly to collaboratively manage the Wadjemup Bidi project and has been chaired by the Rottnest Foundation Chairman, Jeff King since inception. The purpose of the Steering Group was to ensure that volunteer involvement is maximised and utilised to implement the project and that all community groups have an avenue to provide updates on progress, openly discuss ideas to move the project forward and any issues concerning the project. This Steering Group was imperative to maintaining successful management and delivery of the Wadjemup Bidi. Thank you so much to the following representatives for their time spent participating in the group. Rottnest Foundation Jeff King – Chairman Pauline McMullan – Executive Officer Rosalie Small – Grants & Sponsorship Coordinator Rottnest Island Authority Eilidh Graham – Wadjemup Bidi Coordinator Clinton Hull – Park Services Coordinator Winnit Club Terry Hardie – Club Historian Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association Jenny Bannister-Jones – Guide Lance Bannister-Jones – Guide Rottnest Society Trish Bevan – Secretary Conservation Volunteers Katie Ronald – Regional Coordinator Tristan Duke – Regional Manager                ...

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