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    Next time you sit on one of these, thank a volunteer

Corporate Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations, and Centennial Parklands is no different. If you have visited the Parklands of late, you’ve benefited from the work of a volunteer…probably without realising. Today we shine a spotlight on our volunteers work.

The latest data released on volunteering in Australia shows that 6.1 million of us volunteer at something each year. While the 45-54 year old age group represent the greatest ‘volunteers’, it is encouraging to see that young people still continue to volunteer in sizeable numbers.

Centennial Parklands volunteers achieved an estimated 10,135 hours of work last year alone, up 18% on the year before.

Here’s some volunteering highlights you need to know about.

 

Next time you sit on one…

Our volunteer handymen have completely repaired picnic furniture in Centennial Park, replacing and/or painting the timber and metal frames. They also built the first of the new larger hardwood settings, which students at Randwick TAFE helped build saving the Parklands about $20,000. This team have also begun installing the first of 10 new settings built from scratch saving the Parklands another $30,000.

 

One of the new park benches built by Randwick TAFE students and painted by volunteers!

One of the new park benches built by Randwick TAFE students and painted by volunteers!

 

Keeping the scene clean…

Volunteer help last year removed over 300kg of litter from the ponds, and several tons of sediment from the culverts – improving water flow and water quality of our pond system. The ongoing removal of pest plant species along the pond edges also helps keep these beautiful parts of the Parklands healthy.

 

Best-practice support to threatened species…

A busy but quiet team works away throughout the year keeping a threatened plant species – Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub – alive and thriving. The volunteers work is part of an industry-recognised best practice program for maintaining this plant species that many landowners come to learn from each year.

 

ESBS volunteers working at keeping a threatened species alive in Centennial Park

ESBS volunteers working at keeping a threatened species alive in Centennial Park

 

Keeping other residents healthy and alive…

Last year we saw an enormous volunteer rescue effort launched when a heat wave threatened our flying-fox colony in Centennial Park. A team of bat monitoring and rescue volunteers kept the colony cool, rescued and cared for stressed bats that weren’t coping well. Thanks to experts at the University of NSW we also now have a Heat Response Plan for our colony.

 

Life-changing and life-improving work…

The Fishing 4 Therapy team, led by Tony and the Australian National Sportsfishing Association, continues to deliver an award-winning program providing inspirational positive changes to the lives of many of the people with severe disabilities who participate.

 

Tony shows a proud participant the carp he caught in Centennial Park

Tony shows a proud participant the carp he caught in Centennial Park

 

Growing the Parklands…

Over $2,000 in stock has been propagated, grown and planted in the Parklands over the last 12 months by our volunteer Growing Group. If you’ve dropped by any of our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day plant sales then you’ve also benefited from our volunteers skill.

 

How’s the serenity…

Our regular eco-meditation group who run free monthly sessions in Centennial Park are also quiet achievers on the cleaning front. The group spend time helping to clean up litter around Fly Casting Pond and the Education Precinct.

 

Clearing and sorting the archives…

The recently released Centennial Park – A History would not have been possible without the tireless and (literally) behind-the-scenes work of volunteer Christine Shergold. Christine works away sorting and organising the Parklands archive room full of decades and decades of old documents, images and assorted historical items.

 

Other great work…

There is also great volunteer work being undertaken in birdwatching and species recording, visitor services, brochure stocking, photography, blogging, and more than 1,000 corporate volunteers in the last year alone have undertaken a range of tasks. Our volunteers have also benefited some kids in difficult circumstances.

 

A corporate team undertake carp removal

A corporate team undertake carp removal

 

So next time you visit the Parklands, take a look around. Chances are something you see has benefited from the tireless and dedicated work of a volunteer.

 


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