Outstanding volunteers

The WA Parks Foundation congratulates Bibbulmun Track volunteers who have been presented with Outstanding Service Awards by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Well deserving of this recognition are Jim Freeman, Charlie Soord, Graham Murdoch, Charmaine Harris and Chris Lee.

And there has been special acknowledgement also for Mike Wood who received the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Among other roles and contributions, Mike was Chair of the Foundation for 21 years.

Maureen Potter and Sue Palmer received Long Service Awards for over 20 years of volunteering.

The Bibbulmun Track Volunteer Program relies on the bushwalking community and Bibbulmun Track walkers to assist in the maintenance and delivery of the Foundation’s programs and services.

The Bibbulmun Track, signposted with markers symbolising the Wagyl, the rainbow serpent of the Aboriginal Dreaming, is one of the world’s great long-distance walk trails. It stretches 1000km from Kalamunda on the outskirts of Perth to the historic town of Albany on the south coast, passing through the heart of the scenic south western corner of Western Australia.

The track is managed and maintained locally along its length by the six Parks and Wildlife Service districts through which it passes. The Bibbulmun Track Foundation recruits volunteers and manages the Eyes on the Ground Maintenance Program to support the Parks and Wildlife Service within the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in the track’s management and maintenance.

Charmaine Harris maintains a section of the Bibbulmun Track, guides events and volunteers in the Foundation’s office. Here she talks about what she does, and why she does it.


Picture: Dedication recognised at DBCA’s Outstanding Service Awards