Media Releases 2013

Posted on 16/05/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

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Phillip Island Nature Parks is proud to pay tribute to the many community volunteers who are essential to the success of its environmental, education and ecotourism programs.

In 2011-2012 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life contributed over 1,000 days to Nature Parks programs. 

“We pay tribute to our wonderful volunteers,” said Matthew Jackson, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Chief Executive Officer. “We also encourage people to consider joining one of the many varied volunteer opportunities that exist within Phillip Island Nature Parks. There are activities to suit many levels of ability and areas of interest.”

This year’s ‘Hooded Plover Watch’ would not have been possible without the support of many dedicated volunteers. Community members also volunteered their time to the Nature Parks’ ‘Shearwater Rescue’ program to assist the recent migration of young short-tailed shearwater birds.

Dedicated volunteers made an ongoing significant contribution to the 24 hour, seven days a week wildlife rescue service across Phillip Island. Volunteers also helped with other activities, ranging from providing information to visitors at Churchill Island Heritage Farm and at the annual Community Open Day, through to island-wide bird counts, Board advisory groups, koala counts, wildlife rehabilitation and revegetation projects.

“Many volunteers are members of the community groups on Phillip Island such as Friends of Koalas, Phillip Island Conservation Society or Friends of Churchill Island Society,” explained Mr Jackson. “These groups provide a great way for community members to get involved in projects across the island.”

Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet people and give back to the special island environment that everybody shares.

Call Phillip Island Nature Parks to find out more about volunteering opportunities on 5951 2820 or visit www.penguins.org.au

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Media Enquiries:

Sally O’Neill
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Mobile: 0408 101 976  Email: sally.oneill@bigpond.com