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 volunteers had been educating thousands of people in astronomical and scientific matters since 1996.
“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 organisation, particularly as the observatory has a significant heritage collection.”
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 WA do an amazing job.”