Partnering with Deloitte on Impact Day

Once again, the WA Parks Foundation had the pleasure of working with its corporate partner Deloitte Australia on Impact Day. On this special day each November, thousands of Deloitte staff from around the country down their usual work tools to make a special contribution in their communities.

Whether assisting the homeless or people with disabilities, supporting children in need, working at schools or animal shelters, taking part in strategy sessions, or working on environmental projects, they take this day to celebrate Deloitte’s year-round commitment to supporting the communities in which they live and work.

The Foundation was delighted to connect Deloitte with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s Parks and Wildlife Service in relation to four different park projects and help coordinate over 160 Deloitte volunteers. The opportunities ranged from walk trail maintenance and weeding/mulching of a new campground in Yanchep National Park; weed control and trail maintenance in John Forrest National Park; control of cottonbush and general park beautification at Serpentine National Park; and at Penguin Island Conservation Park, weed control (over 900kg of weeds removed), boardwalk maintenance and a citizen science project. The latter required logging into Parks and Wildlife Service CCTV footage of Little Penguins emerging from the sea each night at Penguin Island. The volunteers’ task was to count the number of penguins via fast-forwarded video footage to detect variations in numbers or other matters of interest.

A huge amount of work was accomplished by the Deloitte volunteers, and a great deal of fun was had by all.

The gratitude of the Parks and Wildlife Service for all the work carried out across the four parks is summed up by ranger John Rullo who worked with the Deloitte volunteers at John Forrest National Park:

“Just a quick email to say thank you to you and your team for the time and effort that was put in today. So much was achieved in the relatively short time that was dedicated to this project, as the “before, during and after’s” indicate! Please pass on our sincere gratitude for the assistance rendered to all involved….”.  John’s photos speak for themselves.