Minister Opens New Whiteman Park Visitor Centre

Minister Opens New Whiteman Park Visitor Centre

Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

New Visitor Centre For Whiteman Park

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  • New Visitor Information Centre to support more than 1 Million annual visitors
  • Volunteers integral to park’s operations, donating about 4,000 hours in 2014
  • Two volunteers recognised for 10 years of service

Whiteman Park will mark International Volunteer Day by officially opening its new Visitor Information Centre and honouring the hundreds of people who regularly donate their time, skills, knowledge and expertise to support the park’s daily operations.

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the new centre, Planning Minister John Day paid tribute to the more than 550 people who volunteer their services across the park.

“This year alone, volunteers have donated about 4,000 hours to ensure the park runs smoothly every day. This is in addition to the work of volunteers across a range of organisations that add to the amenity and natural experience of the park.” Mr. Day said.

The Minister acknowledged Des Noonan of Helena Valley and Ellen Bradley of Jane Brook who have volunteered for 10 years, delivering 960 Whiteman Explorer Tours between them.

“Many of the park’s tours, including the Down Memory Lane program, Whiteman Explorer Tour and the Nocturnal Woylie Walks, are led by volunteer guides.” Mr. Day said.

“There is even a dedicated team which prepares food for the animals each night at Woodland Reserve.”

“The future of Whiteman Park is assured with the continued contribution of the hundreds of people like Des and Ellen who regularly volunteer to support the park’s conservation and heritage activities.” Mr. Day said.

Whiteman Park is one of Western Australia’s most popular recreation and conservation parks, attracting about 1 Million visitors annually.

Fact File

  •  The new Visitor Information Centre is open every day and largely staffed by volunteers
  • 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the Motor Museum and the 30th anniversary of the Bennett Brook Railway
  • The park covers 4,000 hectares and is named after former local identity, Lew Whiteman
  • The land and several adjoining properties were purchased in 1978 to protect the area’s underlying aquifer as a drinking water source for Perth and to create a permanent public open space