Volunteers celebrated by Natural Resources South East

PRAISE: Millicent Field Naturalists representative Maureen Christie receives recognition from NRSE acting regional director Tim Bond for the group’s 54 year commitment to environmental volunteering in the South East.

PRAISE: Millicent Field Naturalists representative Maureen Christie receives recognition from NRSE acting regional director Tim Bond for the group’s 54 year commitment to environmental volunteering in the South East.

Volunteers in the region continued to receive well deserved praise with the latest group being applauded for their contributions to environmental care.

Those honoured along with guests and staff met at Bool Lagoon last Friday to celebrate the volunteers contribution to the work of the South East NRM Board and Natural Resources South East.

Natural Resources South East (NRSE) volunteer coordinator David New said the event is an important one.

“Volunteers make a significant contribution to the success of our activities to the tune of about 20,000 hours per year and we appreciate all their hard work,” Mr New said.

Young environmental leader Angus Lang-Smith started the day with a presentation about his passions and what motivates him to get out into the natural world.

Headspace coordinator Mikarla Papini spoke about the collaboration between Headspace and Natural Resources South East with the ‘Walking the South East Seasons with Nature in Mind’ programme.

It is designed to get young people outdoors and enjoying the mental and physical health benefits gained from connecting with the natural world.

Eleven Friends of Parks groups and two other local environmental groups had an opportunity to share their yearly highlights and were presented with spades and hand tools commemorating their years of activity in the region.

Among those attending, the Friends of Mount Gambier Area Parks have been active for 22 years, Friends of Little Dip 32 Years, and Millicent Field Naturalists have been supporting environmental volunteering for 54 years.

Birdlife Australia, Nature Glenelg Trust, SA Museum’s Terry Reardon and local revegetation specialist Peter Tucker were also part of the two-day program providing training, talks and outdoor activities at Bool Lagoon and Sand Cave in Naracoorte Caves National Park.

For more information about environmental activities in the South East visit naturalresources.sa.gov.au/southeast or follow NRSE on social media. 

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