Media Releases 2018

Posted on 28/05/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks’ volunteers take the cake

Phillip Island Nature Parks kicked off National Volunteer Week with a celebration of its invaluable volunteers at a BBQ lunch at the Rhyll Mechanics Hall and Institute on Monday 21 May. Volunteers, guests and Nature Parks’ staff were joined for lunch by guest speaker Marg Joiner, Volunteer Manager at Zoos Victoria, as well as Nature Parks’ CEO Catherine Basterfield.

“This year’s theme of Give a little, change a lot does indeed seem very appropriate for so many of our volunteers, and in many cases our volunteers have given more than just a little of their time,” said Catherine. “This year alone we have already recorded around 6,400 volunteer hours across all of our programs, which is an amazing achievement.”

“Many of our volunteers have contributed their time to the Nature Parks over several years, and National Volunteer Week provides us with a great opportunity to acknowledge this support. Today we celebrate our volunteers, and in a first for the Nature Parks, formally acknowledge those individuals who have reached significant milestones ranging from 10 years, right up to 40 years of service.”

Guests were also kept entertained by ‘The Three Little Volunteers’, a humorous presentation created by volunteers Meagan, Brandan, and Sabrina and delivered by volunteer Tom, much to the amusement of the audience. There were many entries submitted for the photo competition, and after much deliberation, the photo of Brandan, Meagan and Heather after a day of building penguin boxes with kids at the Community Open Day was declared as the winner.

The BBQ sit-down lunch was followed by a delicious cake to celebrate and thank all of the Nature Parks’ volunteers who are contributing in many areas from conservation and nursery work to increase biodiversity on the island, research on our Eastern Barred Bandicoots, protecting our Hooded Plovers, finding marine debris solutions, helping protect Churchill Island heritage, and interacting with our visitors to ensure their visit is memorable and they are learning about our key conservation work.

If you’re interested in spending some of your time making a difference, please contact Nature Parks’ Volunteer Coordinator Rachael Ferguson at to find out more about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available right across Phillip Island.


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