Supporting community events in the Western Rangelands

on 29 Sep 2015 

On the 12th of September Bush Heritage supported two events in the Western Rangelands: Celebrate Shark Bay Community Day and the 98th Annual Northampton Show.

Greg Suosaari (new Hamelin Station Reserve Manager) and Jason Bartsch (one half of the Hamelin Station Stay Management team) ran a stall at the Celebrate Shark Bay Community Day on the foreshore of Denham. The stall was run in conjunction with Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the Yadgalah community group.

The day provided a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship with DPaW and Yadgalah, and introduce Hamelin Station Reserve and its management team to the community. Greg and Jason met a number of tourists and locals. Their stand also attracted Bush Heritage members who came over for a chat.

On the same day but with contrasting, squally weather, Ben Parkhurst (Reserves Ecologist – Western Rangelands) and Jo Axford (Community Engagement West), ran a stall at the annual Northamptom Show.

Despite the weather, Ben and Jo spoke to tourist and local community members who'd travelled from around the region to attend the show. They spoke to people about where Bush Heritage Reserves are located in the region and nationally, why they were selected to be part of the Bush Heritage Reserve system, feral animal and weed management, the ecology program, and, the volunteer program.

Our presence at both events provided an opportunity to support the local community, demonstrate that we are part of the community, raise awareness about Bush Heritage and our local Reserves, and, even recruit a few new local volunteers. We'll be back next year!