Volunteers needed to keep Whiteman Park on track

Volunteers are needed for the electric trams.
Volunteers are needed for the electric trams.

VOLUNTEERING makes a world of difference to Whiteman Park and it is looking for more wonderful people to join the team.

More than 500 people volunteer at Whiteman Park, with several attractions run by volunteers.

Park management is thankful for the past and present volunteers, generously donating their time to become the heart of Whiteman Park.

The volunteers give a variety of reasons for wanting to get involved.

Among them are being passionate about the environment, wanting to use their skills to restore, preserve and keep our heritage alive, the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and socialise, to feel valued and part of a team, to gain confidence and self-esteem and to give something back to the community.

Across the various attractions, Whiteman Park currently has vacancies for tour guides, secretarial and administration roles (social media, bookkeepers), customer service officers (museums), drivers and conductors (bus, train and trams), craftsmen (mechanics, electricians, fitters, panel beaters, painters, upholsterers) and gardeners (maintenance, weeding, light digging, mulching, clean-up, planting seedlings and watering).

The five transport groups at the park offer plenty of volunteering opportunities for those with a passion for Perth’s transport heritage.

The Bus Preservation Society of WA (Inc) is an organisation of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the restoration and preservation of buses and all things associated with the history of bus transportation in WA.

The society operates a workshop within Whiteman Park to work on restoration projects and maintain more than 35 heritage buses.

The Perth Electric Tramway Society, the electric tram service within the park, operates about 240 days each year.

The electric trams need a lot of maintenance to keep them going and need your assistance.

The Motor Museum of WA is a not-for-profit organisation run primarily on a volunteer basis with a very limited budget, so all assistance and donations are greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are needed all over the park.

The WA Light Railway Preservation Association operates the Bennett Brook Railway in the park.

It is seeking train drivers for both their diesel locomotives and steam trains, and firemen for the steam train service.

There are also vacancies for guards, station masters, signalmen and customer service staff.

The Tractor Museum of WA needs people to help in administrative roles on its opening days: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and the April and September school holidays.

Whiteman Park itself is in search of some passionate tour guides for the next season of the Nocturnal Woylie Walks.

The season starts in September and runs until April and is a wonderful experience to help visitors learn about the park’s flora and fauna.

Or become a volunteer visitor information officer in the Visitor Information Centre which is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills as you will help customers to make the most of their visit to Whiteman Park.

Another role is helping the park plant 20,000 seedlings in June, with volunteers needed every Tuesday to get all these native seedlings in the ground.

Find out more about how you can help at the Volunteer Recruitment Day at Whiteman Park outside the Visitor Information Centre on Sunday, May 26, from 11am to 2pm.

You will also get to meet with passionate representatives of the transport heritage groups to learn more about how you can help.

Visit www.whitemanpark.com.au.