Our Achievements

Funds Raised for Island Projects To-date

Through fundraising initiatives in collaboration with donations received, successful grants, sponsorships and partnerships, the Rottnest Foundation has acquired $1,848,621.91 towards Island projects  and events to-date (this figure includes funds from current partnerships yet to be expended).

Major Partnerships

  • $500,440- Lotterywest- Contribute to the conservation of the Aboriginal Burial Ground on Rottnest Island’-Community Spaces Grant (2015-2018)
  • $26,300- BHP Billiton- Additional Funds to Complete Remaining Interpretive Signage for the Wardan Nara Bidi section of the Wadjemup Bidi (2016-2017)
  • $532,800- BHP Billiton- Wardan Nara Bidi and Karlinyah Bidi Sections of the Wadjemup Bidi, inc. all revegetation, interpretation, construction, logistics for volunteer group involvement & one dedicated staff member (2014-2017)

Successful Grant Applications

  • $1000 – National Volunteer Week Grant – Volunteering WA (supported by Lotterywest) – Paid for catering for the Rottnest Island Volunteer Networking Day – (50 volunteers – cross section of volunteer groups) (2017)
  • $20,000- Australian Government Stronger Communities Grant- Art Piece to Screen Telecommunications Buildings Adjacent to the Aboriginal Burial Ground (2016)
  • $210,000- Commonwealth Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program,  managed by Tourism WA-  Contribute to the development of the Ngank Wen Bidi (West End North) section of the Wadjemup Bidi project (2016)
  • $100,000- Department of Sport & Recreation, supported by Lotterywest- ‘Gabbi Karniny Bidi’- (‘Wadjemup Bidi’)- Boardwalk, Trail, Interpretation (2013)
  • $15,000- Lotterywest- Engineering Fees for Cathedral Rocks Seal Viewing Platform & ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ link to Ngank Wen Bidi (2012)
  • $30,000- DPaW (Previously the Department of Conservation [DEC])- Little Parakeet Bay- 2x sets of steps, interpretive signage & revegetation. Link to the Gabbi Karniny Bidi section of the Wadjemup Bidi.  (2011)
  • $27,032- Lotterywest- Development of ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ Site Development Plan (2010)
  • $25,320- Lotterywest- Conservation Plan for the refurbishment of the WWII Battery Observation Post at Signal Ridge, Wadjemup Hill (2001)
  • $20,000- Lotterywest- Repair & restoration of the Boathouse roof to house the rebuilt Pilot Boat and interpretive displays (2000)
  • $23,000- Lotterywest- Specialist architect to design the revamping of some Rottnest cottages for wheelchair access as part of the Accessible Island Project (1999)

Contribution to Island projects using money raised through donations and fundraising initiatives

  • $8180.91- Donation of a ride-on mower to the Rottnest Island Authority to improve the efficiency of the trail project and reduce costs associated with ongoing maintenance of the Wadjemup Bidi project (2015)
  • $200,000- Contribution towards the replacement of the old Boardwalk at West End with a new one- to reduce impacts on nesting shearwater birds whilst providing a recreational experience (2011)
  • $9,058- Fencing and steps to protect the sand dune in front of the Thomson Bay Tearooms (now Aristos) (1999)
  • $10,000- Contribution towards building of the boardwalk in front of the Thomson Bay Tearooms (now Aristos) to protect the environment from tourist impacts (1999)
  • $6067- Towards production of the Accessible Island Manual (1999)
  • $9424- Ramp constructed to the Sergeants Mess at Kingstown Barracks, improving access for visitors in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility (1999)
  • $30,000- Restoration & refurbishment of a building at the Kingstown Barracks for the establishment of the ‘Discovery Centre’, used as an education facility today (1998-99)
  • $20,000- Fencing costs for Reforestation Project (1998)
  • $10,000- Materials for propagation of seedlings as part of the Indigenous Tree Reforestation Project (1998)
  • $15,000- Fencing of a 70 hectare fire devastated site for rehabilitation works (1996)


  • 2016-18- Rottnest Foundation has partnered with Rottnest Express who are sponsoring up to 500 return ferry fares for volunteers to help implement the Wadjemup Bidi Project and other priority conservation projects on Rottnest.
  • 2015- Rottnest Express sponsored 443 return ferry fares for volunteers to help implement the Wadjemup Bidi Project.
  • 2014- Rottnest Express sponsored 365 return ferry fares for volunteers to help implement the Wadjemup Bidi Project.

Ongoing Donations

Margaret River Chocolate Company – In March 2016, the Rottnest Foundation and the Margaret River Chocolate Company joined forces to support the conservation and research of quokkas. Part proceeds from every ‘Chokka the Quokka’ sold at the Margaret River Chocolate Company stores will be donated to the Rottnest Foundation

  • 30 March 2017 – $5000 donation –  Margaret River Chocolate Company

Rottnest Foundation Members                                                                                                 Volunteer Labour for Rottnest Island Conservation Projects

  • 2017- Planting Day- Green Island (damaged areas/blow-out), in partnership with Rottnest Express- 1000 plants
  • 2016- Planting Day- Ricey Beach (old informal access), in partnership with Rottnest Express- 1800 plants
  • 2015- Planting Day- Cathedral Rocks (Surrounding Seal Viewing Platform)- 823 plants
  • 2014- Planting Day- Fairbridge Bluff- 900 plants
  • 2013- Planting Day- Bickley Battery Heritage Precinct- 600 plants
  • 2012- Planting Day- Little Parakeet- 500 plants
  • 2011- Planting Day- Adjacent to Serpentine Lake- 350 plants
  • 2010- Planting Day- Rehabilitation project at Governor’s Circle- 500 plants
  • 1996-2000 Indigenous Reforestation Project- 100ha Indigenous seedlings propagated and planted each yr. in collaboration with Curtin Uni students

Fundraising Initiatives

  • Annual Rottnest Festival of Sail Event
  • Annual Rottnest Raffle
  • Annual Rottnest Foundation Calendar


Past Projects

In brief these include:

Rottnest Foundation Planting Day (3)- Little Parakeet

Various reforestation initiatives to propagate and plant thousands of native plant seedlings and trees on the Island’s denuded areas
















Wadjemup Walk Trail (WWT) Project- The Lakes Walk (2014)



Wadjemup Walk Trail (WWT) Project- Little Parakeet Beach Access (2012)


Photo of WestEnd Boardwalk

Wadjemup Walk Trail (WWT) Project- West End Boardwalk (2011)


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Development of Wadjemup Walk Trail planning documents (2010)



Implementation of the Memorial Park Bench program



The refurbishment of the WWII Battery Observation Post at Signal Ridge, Wadjemup Hill (2001)


Rottnest Calendar 2000 Front Cover

Production and sales of the Rottnest Island Calendar
Year 2000



The construction of a boardwalk along the front of Thomson Bay to allow visitors to enjoy the view, while protecting the fragile dune system (1999)


Discovery Centre (2)

The establishment of the Rottnest Discovery Education Centre at Kingstown Barracks which is used to accommodate community and school education programs to raise awareness of Rottnest’s unique marine & terrestrial ecology (1998-99)


Greeting Cards Front

Greeting Cards to celebrate the Island’s 300th anniversary of William de Vlamingh’s landing and naming of Rottnest Island

Colours of Rottnest Book 300th Anniversary Front Cover

Publication, launch & sale of the ‘Colours of Rottnest’ Photographic Book  to celebrate the Island’s 300th anniversary of William de Vlamingh’s landing and naming of Rottnest Island (1996)