A BIG THANK YOU ALSO GOES TO…
The Rottnest Island Authority appreciates the significant and varied contributions made by many important groups and their members each year.
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation
The Leeuwin II is a dedicated sail training ship based in Fremantle that usually anchors off Rottnest Island a few times a year, with crews and trainees coming ashore to conduct beach clean ups during their visits.
Maritime Archaeological Association of WA (MAAWA)
The Maritime Archaeological Association of WA (MAAWA) visits Rottnest Island annually, with teams of scuba divers cleaning the underwater plaques of shipwrecks and snorkel trails to maintain their visibility for divers and snorkellers.
Rottnest Island Campus of Beaconsfield Primary School
Students and staff enthusiastically participate in annual voluntary events such as Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day.
Rottnest Island Railway Volunteers
Since the early 1990’s a small team of dedicated volunteers has provided technical advice and skilled labor that is essential in maintaining the function of the Captain Hussey, the much loved tourist train on Rottnest Island.
Once a very important military structure, the Rottnest Island railway was built in 1935 as part of the Island’s strategic defence of Australia during World War 2.
Since the early 1990’s a small team of dedicated volunteers has provided technical advice and skilled labor that is essential in maintaining the function of the Island’s railway and the Captain Hussey, the much loved tourist train on Rottnest Island.
The Rottnest Island Railway would not be running if it wasn’t for the dedication of this great team of people who give up several weeks a year to attend regular
Rottnest Island Railway Committee meetings, railway and rolling stock inspections, working weekends and other maintenance projects.
In addition to these volunteer hours, Brookfield Rail and John Holland also make generous donations of skilled personnel and specialised equipment towards the maintenance of Rottnest Islands train and railway.
Scouts WA has made considerable contributions to the natural environment of Rottnest Island with groups of Scouts and Venturers contributing 2-4 weekends of volunteer work per year.
In the past, large groups of Scouts and Venturers took part in an annual “Rottnest Invasion”, a two day litter collecting and environmental blitz.
With increased public awareness about appropriate rubbish disposal, the Scout groups now focus on environmental tasks such as tree planting, seed collection and dune rehabilitation.
The Winnit Club
Founded in the summer of 1930-31, the Winnit Club is Rottnest Island’s longest-standing volunteer organisation. While founding members initially came together for annual sailing and camping trips to Rottnest Island, they soon decided they wanted to give something back to their favourite Island.
Today it is virtually impossible to find a spot on the Island that has not benefited from the efforts of the Winnit Club. Major accomplishments include the construction of the Island’s first Nursing Post, the original ‘Quokka Shelter’ and West End board walk, the installment of emergency lighting at the Airport (with the final connections and testing being undertaken by the Department of Civil Aviation) and the restoration of the Oliver Hill Gun Battery.
This involved painting the Command Bunker and Number 2 Gun emplacements and filling hundreds of sandbags. Other significant achievements of the Winnit’s include the installation of stairs at Bathurst Lighthouse, Salmon Bay, Fay’s Bay, Geordie Bay & Narrow Neck, the paving of the P Hut and train shed, the construction of all the railway stations platforms and shelters, painting the seawall twice from end to end, maintaining the Museum and the salvaged hull of the Anitra before it was demolished, the installation of numerous beach access paths and all of the fencing from Villa Kitson to Bathurst Lighthouse.
Woodside provide valued sponsorship that allows the RIA to engage Conservation Volunteers Australia teams to undertake volunteering activities on the Island
Woodside also contribute 3 corporate volunteer days per year, with activities ranging from dune rehabilitation to beach clean ups.
Rottnest Island Fire Service
The Rottnest Fire Service is a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer their time to manage the Rottnest fire station and operate a 24 hour emergency fire service on the Island.
Rottnest Offshore Boardriders Club
The Rottnest Offshore Boardriders Club was established in May 1988. Since then the Offshore Boardriders have been involved in the rehabilitation of Strickland Bay, beach clean ups and fundraising events.
Sea Rescue Fremantle
Sea Rescue Fremantle is a group of devoted boat enthusiasts who volunteer their time to manage a fleet of five rescue vessels and a 24-hour emergency radio service. The group works with the Water Police on all emergency situations, along with the Rottnest Island Authority Rangers, to manage boating emergencies in the waters surrounding Rottnest.