Perth Observatory Volunteer Group awarded WA People’s Choice ‘Spirit of Volunteering’ Award


Michael Myers, John Tuffin, Diana Rosman, Suzanne Knight, Des Criddle, Paul Jones, Brenda Spencer and Ken Day. Picture: Bruce Hunt d470012
Michael Myers, John Tuffin, Diana Rosman, Suzanne Knight, Des Criddle, Paul Jones, Brenda Spencer and Ken Day. Picture: Bruce Hunt d470012

THE Perth Observatory Volunteer Group has been awarded the WA People’s Choice ‘Spirit of Volunteering’ Award at the Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Group chair Diana Rosman said since 1996 volunteers had educated thousands of people in astronomical and scientific matters.

“Once a government facility, it is now a not-for-profit entity that has been transformed by committed volunteers,” she said.

“Co-ordination and leadership were crucial when accepting the State Government’s challenge to operate as a not-for-profit, particularly as the Observatory has a significant heritage collection including a 190 kilogram piece of a Mundrabilla meteorite.”

Volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams said Perth Observatory volunteer hours last year were valued at nearly half a million dollars.

“This is a massive contribution to Western Australia,” she said.

“About 7500 members of the public were inspired by the heavens, science and history when attending events run by the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group.

“These stellar ambassadors for science, astronomy and history in Western Australia do an amazing job providing thrilling experiences to all who participate in their programs.”

“They are a group of exceptional people who did not seek reward and were rarely recognised for their generous contributions and are a credit to our state.”

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