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.
For more information about Rottnest Express, please visit https://www.rottnestexpress.com.au/