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Chokka the Quokka meets Andy Warhol

Posted on 17 Jul, 2018

Chokka the Quokka meets Andy Warhol

The Margaret River Chocolate Company has immortalised its popular Chokka the Quokka character with a funky new t-shirt range, inspired by Andy Warhol. Like the chocolate versions of Chokka the Quokka, part proceeds from sales will go to the Rottnest Foundation to support quokka conservation and research projects.  Sales of Chokka the Quokka have already raised from than $10,000 for the Foundation and an additional $8,000 for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF donation was specifically to support a quokka recovery program that stemmed from devastating bushfires in the south-west that decimated the local quokka populations. The Rottnest Foundation is grateful of the partnership it has with the Margaret River Chocolate Company.  The funds will support a quokka monitoring program that will commence in the Spring in partnership with the Rottnest Island Authority and based on research undertaken by the Univerity of Western Australia. Chokka the Quokka t-shirts are available at the visitor centre on Rottnest and at the Margaret River Chocolate Company factories in the Swan Valley and Margaret River and their Perth store in Murray...

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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....

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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...

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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....

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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...

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$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....

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