Every year during National Volunteers Week the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a BBQ to say thank you to all the volunteers who contribute to maintain and develop the biodiversity of the 100 hectares of land it manages.
National Volunteers Week celebrates the 6 million Australians that contribute more than 700 million hours of community service through volunteering and La Trobe’s Wildlife Sanctuary is a direct result of this positive community engagement.
Senior Coordinator at the Sanctuary, Andrew Stocker, says people who visit the Sanctuary can appreciate all the effort and hard work the volunteers from Friends of the Wildlife Reserve and Conservation Volunteers Australia do around the Sanctuary.
‘The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary relies heavily on the support of the local community. These important relationships have help the sanctuary become what it is today,’ says Mr Stocker.
‘In fact, without the support from our partners and through the generosity of countless local residents, University students and school students there wouldn’t be any plants to plant, any habitat, and, as a consequence very little wildlife.
‘Without the help of the community, the sanctuary wouldn’t be such an exciting and engaging place to work or visit,’ he says.
Wildlife Sanctuary volunteers help with seed sorting, administration, weeding, education services, plant propagation, general maintenance, fence building and plant nursery operations.
‘We really appreciate their efforts. So, every year, during national volunteers week, we (La Trobe University) officially like to say ‘Thank you’ and host a BBQ in the sanctuary as a small gesture of our appreciation,’ says Mr Stocker.
To find out how to volunteer please visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/wildlife/about/volunteering
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
La Trobe University Media and Communications Officer
T: 03 9479 5353 M: 0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au