The Society had four volunteer weekends planned for 2014. As part of the Rottnest Island Walk Trail project, we have been busily working in areas around the new trail. We have already completed three of the weekends, and have the fourth and last in August.. All weekends have been fully booked and we want to thank you for volunteering yourselves and your friends to fill our volunteer quotas. If you are interested in signing up for 2015, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have recently seen the articles in the media about the Rottnest Island Authority's "20 year vision" and plans for the island. This draft plan (RIMP) is currently open for public comment until 6th June and it can be viewed on the Rottnest Island website, or can be inspected at the RIA Offices at Fremantle. We would encourage all of our members to look carefully at the draft plan and we will be sending out details to our membership in the next few weeks with instructions on how to submit your comments.
We have FOUR volunteer weekends this year! And we need 50 people for each weekend. Usually our weekend places fill fast so if you haven't already let us know, please fill out this years form and get it to us as soon as you can. The first weekend will be held in April, we will be working on the coastal walk trail again, so we need lots of muscle for lots of planting! Please fill in the form and either email or post it to us soon.
We have had three very successful volunteer weekends this year. All our weekends have been well attended with all places filled. The first weekend was held in early May. Working again in the Henrietta Rocks area, the group replaced some tree guards with the open mesh type, and completed further planting inland as part of the new Rottnest walk trail.
It was wonderful to catch up with Sue Folks (for new members, she was one of the early founders and, through the years, the major driver of the Rottnest Society) She moved to USA to join her daughter and family in USA about two years ago). We have Trish Bevan to thank for hosting a meeting of the Committee and Friends and to have a glass of champagne with Sue on her brief visit back to Perth.
The Society was involved in a project last year to revegetate the area at Henrietta Rocks, where a new walkway and stairs was constructed. The Winnit Club were also part of the project built the walkway and tiered stairs. Our part in the project included the revegetation of the tracks and surrounding area of the new walkway.
The Society is concerned about the Rottnest Island Authority's plans to spend millions of dollars on the Island's low-key golf course and clubhouse by irrigating the greens and fairways to match mainland standards. The only people consulted about this proposal were members of the golf and "country club". There are further talks about a marina development in Thompson Bay which may involve building a sea wall and altering the existing coral structures around Natural Jetty. Meanwhile other facilities agreed to in the official Rottnest Island Management Plan 2009-14 are being ignored or put on the 'back burner", like the aboriginal memorial graveyard development and the replacement camping area still only partly completed.
Rottnest is simply magic. We need you to email you local MP and tell them not to support inappropriate developments. Which means:
- no expensive upgrade of the golf course
- no additional luxury accommodation
- no marina for private boats
Rottnest is the people's island, not a playground for the rich!
Phone, email or write to your local parliamentarians and demand public comsultation on these issues.
The CCWA website includes a "Contact your MP" link where you can add your concerns about Rottnest to an automatic email to your local MP. Please contact your local member directly or use the CCWA link (ccwa.org.au/askmyMP)