The huge contribution made by volunteers is being acknowledged by Parks Victoria during National
Volunteers Week, 9-13 May. There are currently over 200 volunteer groups across Victoria giving
about 200,000 hours of time every year to Victorian parks, reserves, marine sanctuaries, historic
areas and bushland.
Last financial year it was estimated that volunteers had contributed over 25,000 days in 116 parks
and reserves across the state. That’s equivalent to 101 full time Parks Victoria employees.
Point Nepean National Park is fortunate to have a number of groups which regularly contribute and
build a connection with the park which covers a diverse natural and build landscape. Volunteer
groups include the Friends of Point Nepean and Friends of the Quarantine Station who have both
worked extremely hard over the last few years.
Friends of Point Nepean have been working on track maintenance and weed removal around the
park as well as vegetation and sand removal from the historic forts, tunnels and gun emplacements.
The next exciting project for the friends group is important preservation work to the fort structures.
Friends of the Quarantine Station have looked after the historic artefacts collection and their
volunteers have contributed to the cleaning, cataloguing, presentation and guided tours at the
Point Nepean would also like to acknowledge the Woodland Players, a volunteer theatre group, who
recently performed and wrote a play for National Heritage Week about the history of the Quarantine
Station. There are also interest groups such as the Nepean Conservation Group and the Nepean
Historic Society who are involved with the park and both have played roles in shaping the future of
Ben Fahey, Acting Ranger in Charge says the work done by Point Nepean’s local volunteer groups
greatly assists Parks Victoria in caring for the history, culture and environment of the park.
“We really appreciate the contribution the volunteers make, their generous donations of time and
effort helps us make Point Nepean a great place to visit. As the park becomes more accessible and
there is more use, there will be a great range of opportunities for people to get involved in interesting
For information on becoming a volunteer visit: http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1volunteers.cfm
or phone 13 1963.
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