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Volunteers Keeping Busy

Check out the article that was published in the Gladstone Today on 4th July 2024 about the first intake of new Aquaculture Gladstone volunteers with the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB).  NFP House is a program partner of GAWB, assisting with the recruitment of volunteers.

Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) has welcomed its first group of Aquaculture Gladstone volunteers who have been kept busy during the school holiday rush. Supporting the Aquaculture Gladstone Interpretive Display, the volunteers educate visitors about the hatchery operations, fingerling production, Lake Awoonga and more.

GAWB Chief Executive Officer Darren Barlow said he was thrilled to have the first volunteers on board. “Our program partner, NFP House, have done an excellent job recruiting these passionate, community focused individuals,” Mr Barlow said.  “We’re deeply humbled that they are willing to contribute their personal time to us, particularly as the interpretive display grows in popularity.”

With the support of volunteers, the interpretive display has been open throughout the school holiday period (Monday to Saturday between 9am and 3pm), headlined by the public fish feeding demonstration on daily at noon.

“Public interest has exceeded our expectations,” Mr Barlow said.  “Expanded opening hours means more visitors can enjoy the interpretive display and see up-close the incredibly rare Golden Barramundi and White Barramundi.”

With the first volunteers now on deck, the Aquaculture Gladstone volunteer program will continue to grow.  “Volunteering is a great way to contribute to our region and there is always room for like-minded people to get involved,” Mr Barlow said.  “So, if you’re someone with an interest in fishing or aquaculture, and have some time to volunteer, please get in touch with NFP House.”

Aquaculture Gladstone is a multi-species, native fish hatchery, which is part of Gladstone Area Water Board.  Opened in November 2022, Aquaculture Gladstone has already reached impressive milestones, with one million Barramundi fingerlings bred and released into Lake Awoonga in the 2023 stocking period.

For more information about the Aquaculture Gladstone volunteer program and to apply, please visit the NFP House Volunteer Portal or email NFP House (admin@nfphouse.org.au).

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