News

Latest News from the Rottnest Foundation!

Beaconsfield Primary School joins the Rottnest Foundation

Posted on 22 May, 2018

Beaconsfield Primary School joins the Rottnest Foundation

The Rottnest Foundation welcomed its first school membership when Beaconsfield Primary School became a member of the Foundation in 2018.  The school includes a campus on Rottnest, so they have a strong connection with the Island.  Foundation Board member, Denise Hilsz, has been working with the school community to support their involvement with island activities, opportunities and events. A group of dads called “Beacy Dads” are involved in the Fathering Project founded by Perth Doctor, Bruce Robertson.  The intention is to improve father’s relationships with their children, help father figures get connected with positive parents, and to highlight and act on the strong causal link between good fathering and the reduction in harmful behaviours such as suicide, self-harm and substance abuse in children. Given that Rottnest Island campus is part of the Beaconsfield PS, the group wanted to strengthen the link for kids and dads.  The goal became a reality with the inaugural Beaconsfield PS Fathering Project Rottnest Island Camp in April 2018. The highly successful camp involved 85 kids and 52 dads camping on the Island for a weekend of camping fun, bike exploration and unique Rottnest activities.  The children had some magnificent experiences and got up close and personal with the Island, campground, school, Thomson’s Farm, some pirates and of course, quokkas.  The dads forged friendships and had excellent quality time with their kids. Kirsten Dicker, Principal of Beaconsfield Primary School is an enthusiastic supporter of the Fathering Project and the school’s involvement with the Rottnest Foundation.  We look forward to working together in the future....

Read More

Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team donates for Quokka Conservation

Posted on 20 Apr, 2018

Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team donates for Quokka Conservation

A big thank you to the Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team (WFDRT) for their generous donation of $1,220 to the Rottnest Foundation for Quokka conservation. The Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team provides a secure database networking system for Equine and Pet owners across Australia.  This database provides users with options to relocate their pets to a safer place and aid in better decision-making prior to emergencies and disasters. By bringing together individuals throughout Australia, the WFDRT delivers an unparalleled service to animal owners to enhance greater connections, education and resilience for individuals and all communities. Register to request help, or to provide a safer haven for animals, before or during an emergency, on National Equine Database NED...

Read More

Pat Barblett AM, Rottnest Foundation Deputy Chair inducted into WA Women’s Hall of Fame

Posted on 16 Apr, 2018

Pat Barblett AM, Rottnest Foundation Deputy Chair inducted into WA Women’s Hall of Fame

Pat Barblett, AM founder of the Rottnest Foundation and Deputy Chair was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame on International Women’s Day on 8 March at Government House. Pat was acknowledged as a leader in the field of conservation and park management of WA’s unique environment. Pat was the first woman appointed to the Rottnest Island Authority Board, serving on the Board for 16 years, and chairing it for 3 years before retiring in 1993.  Her achievements during her time were many including; the first Environmental Intepretation Plan for the Island, establishment of the Rottnest Museum, converting the Kingstown Army Barracks into the Rottnest Environmental Education Centre and Youth Hostel, establishing the Rottnest Voluntary Guides and Chairing the Rottnest Island Hospital Board.  Pat founded the Rottnest Foundation in 1985 and is the current Deputy Chair. Her conservation involvement did not stop there, she is also the immediate past Chair of the Conservation Commission, where she has been a member for nearly 17 years. Pat was awarded the Sir David Brand Medal in the WA Tourism Awards in 2003, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for her service to environmental conservation and management, and to the development of ecotourism opportunities in Western Australia and received the Prime Minister’s Medal in 2004. Pat also founded the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism Inc (FACET) in 1991 in response to the rapid growth in nature-based tourism and the need to guide its sustainable development.  Having recently stepped down from the Chair of FACET, Pat has been the guiding force behind the organisation’s success and longevity....

Read More

Rottnest After Dark 2018

Posted on 11 Apr, 2018

Rottnest After Dark 2018

Gathering on the lawn overlooking Rottnest’s beautiful Basin, the Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce Inc. hosted its annual ‘Rottnest After Dark’ function.  Several Rottnest Foundation Board members enjoyed the opportunity to meet various members of the Rottnest Island’s business community, Rottnest Island Authority Board Members and key tourism industry stakeholders. The group heard a number of inspiring addresses from Rottnest Island Chairperson John Langoulant, Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce Chairman Glen Evans and Rottnest Island Authority Executive Director Michelle Reynolds.  They spoke of us uniting to ensure the Island’s tourism potential is realised while simultaneously striving to preserve the its remarkable natural environment. A string ensemble, undaunted by a freshening southerly, played into the night and we continued to enjoy this unique networking opportunity. The Rottnest Foundation would like to thank the Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to...

Read More

$5,000 donation from the Margaret River Chocolate Company

Posted on 27 Mar, 2018

$5,000 donation from the Margaret River Chocolate Company

This Easter, purchase a ‘Chokka the Quokka’ and support Quokka conservation on Rottnest Island. Rottnest Foundation Chairman Jeff King, gratefully received another $5,000 cheque from Martin Black, co-founder of the Margaret River Chocolate Company, at their Perth Store on Friday 23 March.  Since 2017, ‘Chokka the Quokka’ has generated $10,000, with $2 from every sale being donated to the Rottnest Foundation. The funds will support a Quokka Monitoring Program which will be launched in Spring this year.  The program is backed by a three-year research project in collaboration with The University of Western Australia which identified benchmarks and sustainable management practices for our much-loved quokka. The chocolate quokkas, also available in a flat pack, can now be purchased on Rottnest Island from the Visitor Centre at the base of the jetty, in addition to the Margaret River Chocolate Company’s Margaret River, Swan ValleyValley and Perth locations....

Read More

Rottnest Foundation Chairman – Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer 2018

Posted on 13 Mar, 2018

Rottnest Foundation Chairman – Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer 2018

The Rottnest Foundation Chairman, Jeff King, was honoured to be one of the Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer’s on the 24 February in conjunction with the Rottnest Channel Swim. Rottnest Island was chosen as one of the host communities for the Queens Baton Relay. The baton travelled from Cottesloe to Rottnest via a registered esteemed swim team comprised of Eamon Sullivan, Tamara Bruce, Simon Huitenga and Jamie Bowler. The longest swimming segment ever for the Queen’s Baton Relay. Jeff was chosen as a bearer to acknowledge the countless hours he has dedicated to Rottnest since 2009. His passion, enthusiasm and commitment to conserving the Island is unrelenting and contagious. Jeff was not only representing the Rottnest Foundation, but every community group and individual volunteer that contributes their time to help protect & enhance the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of Rottnest Island. The swim team met Jeff King in front of the Dome, where there were opportunities for members of the public to have photos with the Baton and all of the Rottnest Batonbearer’s. All baton-bearer’s walked to the Hotel, where there were speeches and the official handover of the baton to Jeff who walked it from Hotel Rottnest along Thomson Bay, and handed it to Barbara Pellick. Barbara is an outstanding swimmer who has completed the Rottnest Channel Swim 28 times, was the first woman to swim both ways and an inaugural inductee into the Rottnest Channel Swim Association. Babara handed the Baton to Kellie Properjohn who is one of the first females promoted to Assistant Commissioner in WA Police & an inspirational leader within the organisation. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held from 4-15 April 2018 and will see approximately 6,500 athletes and team officials from over 71 nations and territories compete over 11 days in 18 sports. The Queen’s Baton Relay has been the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, generating positive media coverage, community awareness, pride & support for the Games and allows community members the opportunity to be a part of the Games. The 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay will undertake the longest journey ever for a Commonwealth Games relay, visiting all other 70 Commonwealth nations and territories on its way to Australia and the Gold Coast. For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay please visit...

Read More