International Volunteer Day at the University of Newcastle

Volunteering is valued at UON

The efforts of volunteers and the positive contribution they make to society do not go unnoticed at the University of Newcastle.

On Thursday 5 December, the Tom Farrell institute of the Environment, in partnership with Engage Newcastle and WetlandCare Australia celebrated International Volunteer Day with a guided walk around the newly established Birabahn trail and the iconic Don Morris Walk and then finished with a volunteer lunch.

Kevin McDonald, a former academic in Environmental Studies and now a volunteer himself at UON, guided the volunteers and participants along the Don Morris Walk with a passionate interpretation of the bushland and waterways on campus while highlighting their important environmental values.

Before the walk, 20 volunteers and staff, true to their volunteering spirit, cleaned up four cubic metres of rubbish in one hour from the creek bushland corridor that runs through the Callaghan campus. This activity marks the formation of a Landcare group at the University.

The Tom Farrell Institute will be the stewards of the University Landcare group. Working in conjunction with the University, the group will engage in bushland management on our Callaghan campus.

If you are interested in getting involved with the University-based Landcare group, contact Belinda McNab from the Tom Farrell Institute at or phone 02 4921 5700.

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