Volunteer work

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Since 1997 The Rottnest Society has worked with the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) in its Revegetation Programme for the island.  Early records indicate that the island was very heavily wooded at the time of first human contact.  This vegetation was largely destroyed for various reasons including farming, and for use as firewood.  The RIA currently attempts to plant approximately 50,000 seedlings annually and a number of volunteer groups take part in this programme.  Society members and friends plant up to 25,000 trees annually in two weekends each year, so it can be seen that we make a significant contribution to this programme.  Preparation for planting includes fencing to keep quokkas out, and ground preparation such as slashing (to make it easier to plant, and to give the seedlings a start against existing competition).  Planting can only take place once winter rains have started and must be finished before the end of the winter rains.  This is all the watering the seedlings will get until the following winter.

If you would like to be put on our list of interested volunteers or would like to find out more, click on
rottnestvolunteerbookings@gmail.com  to be put on our email list.  Or contact us on 9433 3165 or 040 809 6239 to give us your postal address.

Weeding Weekends

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Exotic weeds are a problem on Rottnest and the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has a strategy for controlling existing infestations, and in some cases, eradication. Members and friends of The Rottnest Society take part in this programme, usually on one weekend per year.  We can claim to have made a real contribution to bringing under control the weed commonly known as 'sea spurge' (euphorbia paraliasis). which is becoming as serious pest at the tops of beaches around our southern coast.  We usually plan such a weekend in September or October of each year.

If you would like to be put on our list of interested volunteers or would like to find out more, email us at
rottnestvolunteerbookings@gmail.com  to be put on our email list.  Or contact us on 9433 3165 or 040 809 6239 to give us your postal address.