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Volunteer Campground Hosts Sought for Cockle Creek

21/10/2009

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking people with a passion for the beautiful Cockle Creek area in Tasmania's far south area to be volunteer campground hosts for several weeks during the coming summer.

Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region volunteer facilitator Pip Gowen said the program builds on the success of other volunteer caretaker programs at Maatsuyker and Deal islands and on the Overland Track and it also taps into the strong connections that people have with particular areas.

"We've found there are people in the community with an affection for particular parks and reserves in Tasmania who also want to give something back to the community and help to look after these special places," Ms Gowen said.

"Volunteer campground hosts are available to provide a visitor information service and maintain a full-time presence at Cockle Creek during the peak summer season.

"This program provides a better visitor experience as visitors are able to have questions answered on site by knowledgeable local people. It also helps to support PWS staff at a time of year when there are competing pressures such as high visitation and fire fighting."

Five two-week placements will be offered, from December 2009 to February 2010 with an additional week during the Easter holiday. Campground hosts stay in the PWS rangers' quarters at Cockle Creek. Support is offered on a regular basis by rangers, field officers and the volunteer facilitator. Two full days of training is provided for the campground hosts.

Ms Gowen said the program has operated very successfully for the past several summer seasons.

"The volunteers enjoyed being involved in helping to look after a place that they love and having the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and passion for the area to visitors and we've had good feedback from visitors as well.

A Campground Host Information Package is available by contacting Pip Gowen at PWS Huonville on (03) 6264 8463 or by emailing pip.gowen@parks.tas.gov.au. Applications close 16 November 2009.