THE Department of Parks and Wildlife Volunteer of the Year awards have been awarded in Lesmurdie where three women have been recognised for their contribution to rehabilitation of animals and the flora in the Perth Hills.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the women received Outstanding Service and Long Service awards.
The women include Helen Riley, Kerry Davies and Faye Deery who have worked on conservation and wildlife rehabilitation.
Kerry Davies, of Lesmurdie, was awarded a Highly Commended Outstanding Service Award. She acts as a volunteer for regional park projects and has been involved in the formation of the Friends of the Jillara Giants group.
Mr Jacob said she had worked tirelessly to almost eradicate many of the weed species in the Jillara reserve.
“She was an integral part in the commencement of the rehabilitation works at Upper Lesmurdie Falls and without her strong commitment to the area much of the rehabilitation works would not have been undertaken,” he said.
Mr Jacob said the volunteers had contributed to the conservation work being carried out in WA.
“They perform a variety of tasks and are all to be congratulated for their invaluable service to the community.”
Mrs Davies was also applauded for her work in the removal of about 900 olive trees from Mundy Regional Park.
Mrs Davies and her husband spend their weekends walking through the area picking up rubbish and removing weeds from the bush.
Since 2007 Mrs Davies has served on the Darling Range Community Advisory Committee and was also a driving force in the removal of Golden Dodder in the Regional Parks in the area.
For Faye Deery and Helen Riley, both have done 20 years of voluntary service in wildlife rehabilitation in Walliston and Kalamunda respectively.
Mrs Riley works at Kanyana Wildlife Sanctuary and Faye Deery has retired from the sanctuary after contributing more than 10,000 hours as a volunteer at the centre.