Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association calls for more volunteers

Ted Zappara needs more Rottnest guides.
Ted Zappara needs more Rottnest guides.

THE Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) is struggling to fill its rosters for early 2015 and needs to recruit 35 new guides.

President Ted Zappara said the group lost about 20 guides a year.

Mr Zappara said guides had various responsibilities so were never doing the same thing.

He said there were guided tours of landmarks like the lighthouse and Oliver Hill that covered the history of the island, the meet and greet desk in the information centre and the museum.

‘We get all sorts of people volunteer, from senior physicians to mums and dads,’ Mr Zappara said. ‘Most people like coming here for the ambience.’

Volunteers must complete at least six rosters a year.

The RVGA will host an information event at the Dalkeith Nedlands Bowling Club on Tuesday, December 9 from 7.30pm.

Training starts in February and involves lectures every Tuesday night for 13 weeks, as well as two weekends on Rottnest. Visit www.rvga.asn.au.