The Rottnest Foundation would like to acknowledge our major partners, sponsors & supporters for assisting the Foundation’s efforts in encouraging community involvement and raising funds to aid in conserving the Island’s natural and cultural assets.
The Rottnest Foundation works in collaboration with the Rottnest Island Authority to raise community funding for Island projects that align to the Foundation’s purpose to “Conserve the essence of Rottnest”. The Rottnest Foundation has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Rottnest Island Authority that guides processes about funding, sponsorship and project management.
Rottnest Foundation has partnered with BHP Billiton to develop the Karlinyah and Wardan Nara sections of the Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Trail) project, inclusive of construction of beach access, revegetation of denuded area, interpretative elements and volunteer engagement programs. Our Foundation is excited to be working in partnership with such a leading global company in the delivery of this community project. To find our more about this partnership please click here.
Rottnest Foundation has been successful in receiving a $210,000 grant from the Commonwealth Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program which is managed by Tourism WA. These funds will go towards building the northern end of the Ngank Wen Bidi, which is one of the five sections that comprise the Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Trail) project; including building beach access infrastructure at three bays, the installation of interpretive signage and the employment of one contract staff member dedicated to implementing the trail. Works on the northern end of the Ngank Wen Bidi is due to begin late 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2018.
In March 2016, the Rottnest Foundation and The Margaret River Chocolate Company joined forces to support the conservation and research of the unique and much loved furry Western Australian marsupials, Quokkas. Rottnest Island has the largest population of Quokkas. When Dutch explorers first landed on the Island they thought the Quokkas were rats and named the Island “Rats Nest”, which later became Rottnest. In addition to the Rottnest Quokkas, the South West is home to three small colonies. The Quokka species is listed as “vulnerable” under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 and on the ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species’. The Margaret River Chocolate Company have created a chocolate quokka, fondly called ‘Chokka’ and have committed to donating part proceeds from each chocolate quokka sold to the Rottnest Foundation to provide much needed funding to support the protection of these endangered animals.
Since 2014, Rottnest Express has sponsored up-to 500 ferry fares annually for volunteers to help build the Wadjemup Bidi on Rottnest and this support is set to continue until the trail’s planned completion date of 31/12/2018! Since 2016, Rottnest Express staff have also been volunteering alongside Rottnest Foundation members on our annual tree planting days. Rottnest Express also supports the Rottnest Festival of Sail event, donates prizes for the Rottnest Foundation Raffle, is a sponsor of our Annual Rottnest Foundation Calendar and has added a page to their website, so that when people are booking ferries, they are also given an option to purchase a Rottnest Foundation Membership! An incredible level of support! A MOU was signed between our organisations in October 2015 to formalise and strengthen our partnership.
Lotterywest has been an ongoing supporter and sponsor of Foundation projects; including development of Wadjemup Bidi planning documents & implementation of trail projects, development of a conservation plan for the WWII Battery Observation Post at Signal Ridge Wadjemup Hill, repair & restoration of the Pilot Boathouse roof and the design of some Rottnest cottages for wheelchair access as part of the Accessible Island Project. Lotterywest has recently partnered with the Rottnest Foundation in the implementation of the Wadjemup (Rottnest) Aboriginal Burial Ground Conservation Project, providing a grant of $500,440 towards this significant reconciliation project for WA.
Rottnest Fast Ferries provide support for a number of Rottnest Foundation initiatives including donating prizes for the annual Rottnest Raffle. Fast Ferries also generously provide a 25% discount to Rottnest Foundation members for day and extended return ferry fares travelling to and from Hillarys.
The Australian Government provided a Stronger Communities Grant to the Rottnest Foundation to fund the construction of a public art piece designed by a Noongar Artist that also acts as a screen, to be installed in front of this collection of Telstra buildings that are adjacent to the Aboriginal Burial Ground. This small art project is due to be completed by July 2017.
The Rottnest Foundation received a grant from the Department of Sport & Recreation (supported by Lotterywest) and this has enabled the development of a boardwalk which is located on Gabbi Karniny Bidi, one of the five sections that comprises the Wadjemup Bidi project.
The Department of Environment and Conservation [Department of Parks & Wildlife (DPaW) as of 1st July 2013] provided financial support to the Rottnest Foundation for the re-development of Little Parakeet beach access in the form of an Environmental Community Grant under the ‘Interpretation and Sustainable Recreation in Natural Areas’ program in 2011.
The Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce (RICC) includes representatives from the Island business community. The RICC wholly support the Foundation’s purpose and mission to “Conserve the essence of Rottnest.”
Jenny Oldham from Unique Feature Fire Pits partnered with the Rottnest Foundation in June 2017 and will kindly donate part proceeds from sales of Rottnest Fire Pits to the Rottnest Foundation to support our Island projects.
Established in 2000, Future Ticketing is an e-commerce centric Software Development Company. Future Ticketing’s major milestones include designing and managing the electronic ticketing systems for ‘The Big Day Out’, Australia’s biggest and premier live event. Future Ticketing has provided pro-bono services to the Foundation to redesign and improve the Rottnest Foundation’s website and set up our online payment systems.