When you think of volunteering with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) do rugged gorges and freshwater pools come to mind? Well that’s what 12 lucky volunteers from Perth got to experience on an exciting adventure earlier this year!
Made possible by Mitsui Iron Ore Development Pty Ltd (MIOD), CVA provided the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions – Parks and Wildlife Service with 8 days of volunteer assistance to Park Rangers in Karijini National Park.
“The jobs/projects undertaken by the team really assisted Rangers in the field and actioned many outstanding items in our works program. Most of the jobs completed by the volunteers have been on our to do list for several months and also form part of our Visitor Risk Management program so it was a great achievement to get these done” – Dan Peterson (Ranger Dan), Senior Ranger for Karijini National Park, Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Lead by their CVA Team Leader Hannah, and our Key Volunteer Tom Potts, the team helped make the park safer for visiting tourists and native flora and fauna. Some of the team’s achievements include: installation of 80 steel bollards and 210 m of fencing wire in car parks, installation of 6 new trail signs and maintenance and repair of 3 km of walking trails.
“It was an amazing experience, one of the best trips I have ever been on. I loved every minute! Everyone was amazing and Hannah deserves a huge Thank You. Well done for everything. Hannah was very positive and a fun, amazing Team Leader. I will never forget the great memories and amazing team of people. Thank you! Please do more trips like this, they are invaluable” – Volunteer from Boddington, WA.
For two consecutive years, MIOD has supported CVA in delivering volunteer opportunities to communities in the Pilbara Region, helping us to build the capacity of local communities whilst providing volunteer experiences that preserve this unique environment.
We look forward to working with MIOD on another exciting project next year!