ACT Volunteer of the Year 2016 Awards

on 10 May 2016 

The Australian Capital Territory has the highest percentage of volunteers within Australia and each year Volunteering ACT, offer the organisations in this region the opportunity to come together to celebrate their Volunteers. This year Zrinka Veljaca was nominated for her work with the Striped Legless Lizard Translocation Program.

With 1 in 15 reptiles in Australia now at risk of extinction, Bush Heritage Australia embarked on a project to translocate and reintroduce the striped legless lizard (Delma impar) to Scottsdale Reserve, in an effort to rescue the nationally threatened reptile from two development sites in northern Canberra.

Zrinka played a major role in this project and along with other volunteers spent many weekends collecting lizards and transporting them to Bush Heritage’s Scottsdale Reserve. The project required the erection of 4 x 25m x 25m lizard dens to provide the opportunity for continued monitoring which Zrinka still patrols on Scottsdale most weekends.

This work required passion and commitment and giving up her Sundays for many months to be on site, often before the sun, battling the freezing wet and winter temperatures that Canberra is well known for.

Bush Heritage would like to congratulate Zrinka on her nomination and were pleased to be able to celebrate the volunteering effort of the greater Canberra region at the 2016 Volunteer Awards night.