Rottnest Island celebrates volunteers

Rottnest Island celebrates volunteers

We recently took the opportunity to say thanks to our volunteers for their immense and irreplaceable support of Rottnest Island at our Volunteer Networking Day 11 May 2017.

Rottnest Island Authority CEO Michelle Reynolds said thanks to the many individuals who, in collaboration with a large number of independent volunteer organisations, contribute over 35,000 volunteer hours annually to preserving the natural, cultural and recreational values of the Island.
“Our volunteers are invaluable – from the information they collect to help us improve visitor experience, to the hours of service they provide in helping us preserve the essence of this great island,” she said.
Rottnest Express’s Nicole Passarelli said it was great to reflect and celebrate the achievements of our volunteers.
“I offer our heartfelt thanks for their contribution to the Island,” she said.
“It is our honour to donate around 4000 ferry fares every year to ensure these organisations have the support they need to operate.”
Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association President Dr Brian Gunn said they now had over 300 guides dedicated to giving over 40,000 visitors’ tours of Rottnest.
“We support Rottnest Island Authority in the provision of tours and activities at the same time as promoting awareness of the unique environment and the history of Rottnest,” he said.
“The Rottnest Island Authority has done an incredible job to develop this Island responsibly and with a view to the future and we enjoy sharing the story of the sustainability and the incredible revegetation efforts with visitors.”
“We believe if you develop the visitors interest in the Island then the visitors will come back again.”
Rottnest Society Convenor Eric Moxham thanked the efforts of their members and supporters for their thousands of hours planting trees.
“We work together and very hard to plant up to 25,000 trees each year to support the sustainability of the island,” he said.
Rottnest Foundation Chairman Jeff King said everyone has strong feelings to conserve the essence of Rottnest Island and the work volunteers put in doesn’t go unnoticed.

The Rottnest Island Authority thanks the significant contribution of all our volunteers.

Thanks also to: 
· Rottnest Express for kindly sponsoring the ferry fares for volunteers who attended the event.
· Rottnest Foundation, who utilised a grant from Volunteering WA (supported by Lotterywest) to provide catering.