Volunteer insights: celebrating International Volunteer Day

We acknowledge that each of our dedicated volunteers has their own unique story about what motivates them to give their time so selflessly. Binding them all, however, is a shared understanding of the imminent need for direct action for nature conservation.

Almost four decades ago TLC volunteer Wally Hermann unsuspectingly ventured down a muddy trail and into what is now recognised as one of the most important places for nature conservation in Australia: The Vale of Belvoir.

“It was in exhilaration that I first sighted that unique sub-alpine meadow, fascinating karst geology and hydrology, and enchanting pockets of rainforest,” Mr Hermann says of the experience.

Such was the impact upon Mr Hermann, he has since visited the area as frequently as every fortnight, and was quick to volunteer when TLC purchased the Vale of Belvoir Reserve in 2008.

An outdoor enthusiast with an interest in ecology, Mr Hermann’s skills have been well realised and graciously embraced by the TLC.

In addition to his ongoing commitment to the Vale of Belvoir, Wally Hermann has participated in data scoring for the TLC’s 5 Rivers Reserve Carnivore Monitoring Project, and donated to the Daisy Dell Reserve. Photo: Heath Holden

From fauna monitoring, botanical surveying and weed control, TLC reserves across Tasmania have been complimented by the remarkable commitment of volunteers like Mr Hermann.

These areas of ecological significance ask for nothing but have so much to give in return. Meanwhile, we need no scientific evidence to realise the benefits associated with exposure to nature, with stories like Mr Hermann’s testament to this.

“My life has since been enormously enriched by many happy days spent rambling, picnicking, wombat-spotting, fishing and skiing in that magic valley – it is my spiritual home,” he says.

Mr Hermann’s story is one of many, with more than 320 individuals having volunteered over 929 days of work with the TLC in the 2016-2017 financial year alone.

Whether participating in land management activities, assisting with mail-outs and at events, or documenting images and data – the TLC’s diverse community of volunteers make conservation in nature possible, and we thank each and every one for their ongoing dedication.

To find out more about how to get involved with the TLC’s volunteer program, click here.