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Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups


It’s National Volunteer Week this week and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) would like to say a huge thank you to the 90 volunteer groups and the thousands of individual volunteers that each year make an enormous contribution to looking after parks and reserves around the state.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said that while the PWS is the primary steward of the 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves it manages, it needs the support of the community.

“Our staff are professional and motivated land managers, but it’s a job that we cannot do on our own and in the long run, these reserves can only be effectively managed in partnership with the community,” Mr Mooney said.

“Many of our volunteers are professional people who bring significant skills to assist projects. It is these skills, combined with passion, that create many high quality solutions for the PWS.”

Volunteering extends to places as far afield as Macquarie Island, where Australian Antarctic Division staff in occupations as diverse as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, chef, doctor and station leader, take time out to help look after the island.

In 2013/14, they contributed 778 hours in a variety of tasks such as supporting the tourist ship visits to the island, marine debris cleanups, wildlife surveys and infrastructure maintenance.

Statewide, PWS volunteers contribute time valued in excess of $5 million. This includes support through the PWS’s primary partner organisation, Wildcare Inc, and their members, who number about 5,000.

Mr Mooney also acknowledged the work of regional volunteer facilitators, Stephen Mansfield in the Northwest Region and Pip Gowen in the Southern Region.

“They, along with rangers and field officers statewide, support and value the work of volunteers,” he said.

There are about 90 volunteer groups who support caring for parks, reserves and historic sites in activities as varied as restoring heritage buildings, caretaking at Melaleuca, Cockle Creek, Maatsuyker, Deal and Schouten islands, walking track and hut maintenance, weed eradication, wilderness beach clean-ups, caring for wildlife and assisting at whale strandings.

People interested in volunteering opportunities should visit the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au and consider joining Wildcare Inc.  Contacts for PWS volunteer facilitators are: Northern Region, volunteersnorth@parks.tas.gov.au; Northwest Region, Stephen.Mansfield@parks.tas.gov.au; and Southern Region, Philippa.Gowen@parks.tas.gov.au .

Volunteers can register their skills and interest with Wildcare Inc, join a volunteer group, find out about volunteer activities and opportunities and be supported as a volunteer. Wildcare Inc members also receive a $25 discount on the purchase of an annual parks pass. To find out more check the website www.wildcaretas.org.au or contact the Wildcare facilitator at wildcarefacilitator@gmail.com

Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups

Aaron, a Bureau of Meteorology technician is happy with the results of a marine debris clean up at remote Sandell Bay on Macquarie Island.

Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups

Bianca (AAD summer science), Vicki (Bureau of Meteorology observer), PWS wildlife ranger Kris Carlyon and Clive (AAD station doctor), helping to collect marine debris.

Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups

BOM observer Barry helps ranger in charge Chris Howard to remove a large rope entangement from the shore north of Bauer Bay.

Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups

Chris and Clive removed rusted star pickets from a walking track.