Along with the rest of the community, we are concerned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and we are thinking of you and your families and friends.
We want to reassure you that the safety and health of our members, volunteers, participants, supporters and staff are our first priority and that we are following the advice of health experts and government.
VNPA is putting in place measures to minimise the exposure of our people to the virus, while continuing our work protecting nature across the state.
At this uncertain and challenging time, we here at VNPA are focusing on and encouraging our community to remember to cherish what we love.
Let’s work together with kindness and compassion. Let’s keep our thoughts on what is special to us. Let’s focus on caring for ourselves, our loved ones and the natural places we love.
Postponing or cancelling events and activities
We are either postponing or cancelling events, meetings and activities we had planned from now until end of June 2020.
- All bushwalking and activities will be cancelled or postponed until the 30 June. There will be no activities listed on our website and we will not distribute the next printed activity program.
- All meetings or events planned at the 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton will be postponed, cancelled, conducted by telephone or an online update will be provided.
- Staff are transitioning to work from home, and will continue to monitor post, phone and email.
Continuing to care for nature
Thanks to your wonderful support, our important work protecting nature still continues apace and there is still a lot you can do to protect and enjoy nature.
- We will continue to look for and share opportunities to encourage people to enjoy nature safely over the coming period.
- We are continuing our work to stand up for nature across the state and developing new ways to do this.
- Park Watch magazine will be posted and sent by email in April as per usual, with an array of informative and interesting stories.
- For those involved in ReefWatch or NatureWatch programs, keep an eye out for upcoming news.
- Visit www.vnpa.org.au to stay up to date on campaigns, news and our ongoing work.
Connecting with nature
It’s important we all still get fresh air and plenty of exercise for our physical and mental wellbeing. Time in nature can be a valuable way to care for our mental health.
If you can get out and about in nature in the coming weeks, we hope this gives you the opportunity to recuperate and recharge.
Most of our parks and reserves are still open visit the Parks Victoria website for advice on changes or updates.
If you need to keep kids occupied, try our Wild Families activity sheets with nature activities, great places to visit and wildlife facts. They can be used on an adventure, or at home.
Activities include ’16 ways to get to know a tree’, ‘wild waterway discovery’ and plenty of fun facts and colouring-in for home projects.
Campaigning for new parks in central west Victoria
So far there has been radio silence from the Victorian Government. We’ll be doing everything we can to keep up the pressure on the decision-makers to accept the expert recommendations for new national parks in the central west.
All of our online actions are still active so please add your voice and share them far and wide!
As a community of nature lovers, we hope you have the opportunity to get out and do your own walks and adventures in national parks and other natural areas.
We hope you can take some solace in these uncertain times by safely visiting your favourite place in nature.
Keep safe and look after yourselves,
Executive Director Matt Ruchel and the team at VNPA