From the CEO - tremendous volunteers

Monday 20 June, 2005

The tremendous enthusiasm and painstaking work of volunteers both in the office and on the reserves never ceases to amaze me. These wonderful people ‘get their hands
dirty’ and contribute in so many ways.

Volunteers Robin McIntyre and Christine Rand working at Tarcutta Hills Reserve, NSW. Photo Owen Whittaker.

Volunteers Robin McIntyre and Christine Rand working at Tarcutta Hills Reserve, NSW. Photo Owen Whittaker.

Many people have rallied to our call for helpers in the last newsletter and we now have an expanded team of volunteers. Thank you.

Support for our information events and field days has also been strong and we have enjoyed meeting our supporters. The new Melbourne office has hosted several events and I invite supporters to call in. This excellent office space has been made possible by a generous donation from The Thomas Foundation and a grant from Melbourne City Council for which we are very grateful.

This support has enabled us to find a central location, which provides us with many ongoing benefits. We're also supported by other local governments around Australia through rate reductions, exemptions and collaborative activities. For example, in Western Australia several shires support and encourage wildflower visits to our reserves.

In addition, state governments provide us with exemptions from some taxes and duties and provide advice and biological data.

I want to acknowledge the Victorian Government and Premier Bracks for providing a grant that will assist in the preparation of a management plan for the recently acquired Judith Eardley Reserve. The purchase of the reserve was made possible by a wonderful gift from the Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association and assistance from the Australian Government under the Natural Heritage Trust's National Reserve System program.

Your donations enable us to leverage significant support from this targeted grants program. It has enabled a number of organisations, including Bush Heritage, to achieve far more for the conservation of our natural environment than would otherwise be possible.

This collaborative effort from different organisations and individuals shows how cooperative partners so effectively advance our mission.

The impending acquisition of our 20th reserve – Eurardy in Western Australa – is also testament to this. Thank you for your support of this latest acquisition and for your ongoing help in the management of all our reserves.

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Doug Humann, CEO

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