The Rottnest Foundation chairs the Wadjemup Bidi Steering Group which consists of representatives from the volunteer groups Rottnest Society, Winnit Club, Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association and Conservation Volunteers Australia; and the land manager, the Rottnest Island Authority.
This Steering Group was formed in 2013 to collaboratively manage the ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ project.
The purpose of the Steering Group is to ensure that volunteer involvement is maximised and utilised to implement the project and that all community groups have an avenue to provide updates on progress, openly discuss ideas to move the project forward and any issues concerning the project.
This Steering Group is imperative to maintaining successful management and delivery of the Wadjemup Bidi.
The Winnit Club (Incorporated) is a non-profit organisation founded on Rottnest Island in 1931. All members of the club have a love of the Island and recognise the fragile nature of the Island’s ecology and the necessity to preserve it for present and future West Australians and Island visitors. The Winnit Club have provided volunteer support for many Rottnest projects over the years and are currently dedicated to providing volunteer labour for the implementation of the Wadjemup Bidi project in the form of construction of the trail itself and associated works such as fencing, building beach access stairs, installing facilities and Island signage (interpretive & directional).
For further information please visit http://winnitclub.org.au/
The Rottnest Society is an incorporated, not-for-profit ‘friends’ group that formed in 1984. They are responsible for planting approximately 12,500 trees on the Island each year and are also active in lobbying for the conservation of the Island’s natural environment. This group are currently providing volunteer labour to revegetation projects on the Island as part of the ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ Project, which is expected to take a minimum of 5 years to implement. The Rottnest Society supports the Wadjemup Bidi project as it aims to preserve and protect the environment as well as raise the awareness of its environmental values and cultural history by providing interpretive elements along the trail to educate the community.
For further information please visit http://www.rottnestsociety.org.au/
Conservation Volunteers (CV) was founded in 1982 and is Australia’s leading not-for-profit practical environmental organisation; recruiting and managing over a million volunteer hours across 10,000 priority projects annually. Conservation Volunteers support the Wadjemup Bidi as it provides an ideal learning platform and skills development opportunity for CV volunteers and trainees to work alongside the RIA’s Environmental and Ranger staff, other affiliated volunteers and corporate groups that partner with the Rottnest Foundation to deliver the project.
For more information please visit http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/
The Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association Inc. (RVGA) was established in 1986 to promote an increased awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and historical significance of Rottnest Island.
Guides conduct daily tours covering the History of the Settlement, the Quokka, World War II Guns& Tunnels and Wadjemup Lighthouse. The guides also provide a Meet & Greet service at the Visitor Centre.
A greater variety of activities and tours are conducted during school holidays. These tours are aimed at families and range from star gazing to treasure hunts. The new ‘Secrets of the Lakes’ walking tours conducted on the Wadjemup Bidi are also operated during school holidays.
The RVGA also carry out special request tours from various organisations including schools and conference groups.
For more information please visit www.rvga.asn.au
The Rottnest Island Nursery was reopened by the RIA Environment Team after being inactive for 10 years, for the provision of local native plants to assist in meeting revegetation, rehabilitation and amenity planting requirements for the Island. The Nursery is run primarily by a group of passionate volunteers. Approximately half of the native plant species propagated at the Nursery will be utilised as part of the ‘Wadjemup Bidi’ project. Propagating seedlings in the Rottnest Nursery decreases material & freight costs and increases biodiversity of the Island.