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The Parks and Wildlife Service has recognised the enormous contribution made by the volunteers who have operated the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre since its opening five years ago.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager, Peter Mooney presented a certificate of appreciation to the volunteers from the Tamar Island Wetlands Volunteers Community Action in Reserves (CARes) Group at the centre last week.

"The partnership between this group and the Parks and Wildlife Service is a flagship of volunteer engagement for the service," Mr Mooney said.

"It's appropriate during National Volunteers Week to recognise the role of volunteers who provide enthusiasm, expertise and boundless energy in a wide variety of projects around the State and offshore islands.

"The volunteers at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre work as visitor guides with a focus on providing quality education and interpretation on the value of wetlands in general and in particular, the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre.

"They provide talks to a range of groups about the ecology of wetlands, the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve, raptors and other birds as well as caring for injured and orphaned native wildlife.

"The dedication from a small group of approximately 20 people has meant that the centre is open seven days a week, 364 days a year, which demonstrates an incredible commitment.

"The efforts of volunteers, guided by the Parks district volunteer facilitator, has meant that the wetlands centre is becoming better known across the State and is being recognised nationally as a significant interpretation centre.

Mr Mooney said that the location of the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre only 10 minutes from the centre of Launceston, makes it a showcase urban reserve and interpretation centre for the Parks and Wildlife Service and its volunteer team.

"The profile of the centre in the local and regional tourism sectors has been raised significantly during the past 12 months.

"It's just a great example of the fantastic contribution that volunteers can make towards educating the community about conservation.