26 May 2020
Did you know more than 6 million Australians willingly donate their time for the common good of the community, without any financial gain? But they gain a different kind of wealth – new skills and knowledge, better physical and mental health, a sense of achievement and fulfilment, personal and professional connections, and many new friendships. Volunteers come from all walks of life, and they bring diverse life experiences and skillsets to the organisations that engage them; in many cases, volunteers form the backbone of important projects that would not otherwise be possible.
The Authority has a long history of engaging volunteers and benefiting from their passion and expertise. Environmental conservation was a key management focus in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 ‘Green Games’ as it is today, and volunteers have been involved in ecological monitoring programs at the Park since 1995. These programs have grown uninterrupted over the years through the dedication of volunteers, and the vast amounts of data they have collected provide the foundation for long-term assessment of trends in species diversity and distribution, and inform conservation and management strategies for the Park’s various biodiversity assets. This National Volunteer Week (May 18 to 24), we would like to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers who collectively donated over 1,000 hours to the Authority in 2019-20, and highlight their important contribution to the Park:
There isn’t enough room to list all of the contributions made by our volunteers, and the Authority is grateful for the support we have received over so many years. If you would like to become a volunteer, please visit our website, or have a look at GoVolunteer and NSW Volunteering.
CBOC volunteers survey birds rain hail or shine during the annual Spring Bird Census
|A reptile survey involves spending a lot of time looking under rocks and logs||
SOPA staff, ecologists and volunteers getting ready to catch microbats