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Tasmanian Government recognises volunteers during 2020 National Volunteer Week

Tasmanian Government recognises volunteers during 2020 National Volunteer Week
May 18, 2020

During National Volunteer Week (which runs from 18th-24th May), the Tasmanian Government acknowledges the important contribution Tasmania’s skilled and hardworking volunteers make in supporting the Tasmanian community.

The work of volunteers will be even more important as services re-open and programs resume with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

More than 3000 volunteers contribute to programs and activities across the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) to deliver key priorities.

Volunteers work alongside DPIPWE employees to protect the biodiversity of Tasmania, welcome visitors, provide tours and education, support sustainable fisheries, and contribute to conservation efforts to protect Tasmania’s historical heritage, flora and fauna.

More than 2400 volunteers play an integral role in supporting the work of Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Services (PWS) across its network of 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves.

They donate their time looking after visitors and welcoming campers, working alongside PWS employees maintaining local reserves, improving the condition of walking tracks and undertaking general maintenance and weed control. The PWS is looking forward to many of these activities restarting once it is safe to do so in the wake of COVID-19.

Volunteer caretakers provide a significant service for visitors at a number of popular sites and play an integral role in looking after reserves, through practical maintenance and conservation work.

Volunteers also add value to a range of DPIPWE heritage, marine, flora and fauna conservation programs, including efforts to build enduring populations of the Tasmanian Devil and Orange Bellied Parrot in the wild.

Water and Marine Resources volunteers also participate in the Fishcare Tasmania program, providing education and information to support sustainable fishing practices across the Tasmanian community.

And, more than 120 volunteers support the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, working across visitor services, gardening groups and in the Tasmanian Seedbank.

For more information about volunteering visit

Image: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens courtesy of Discover Tasmania.

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