Ted’s not your average guide
THE Rottnest Volunteer Guides Association (RVGA) has moved from the Salt Store to the Visitor Centre, improved visitor services and been part of the State Government’s document on the future of the island during Ted Zappara’s two years as president.
Mr Zappara will hand over the presidency to Brian Gunn on August 28, with Lyn LeProvost as vice-president.
“My highlight was being part of the new RIMP (Rottnest Island Management Plan) and the improvements being made to Rottnest,” Mr Zappara said.
“We’ve really managed to facilitate a harmonious relationship with the Rottnest community and that’s been really positive for my team.”
Mr Zappara said moving from the Salt Store to the Visitor Centre improved guide services for visitors, along with maintaining an “excellent training program” to ensure guides were well trained and provide a positive experience for visitors.
More than 30 guides graduated from the training program this year and Mr Zappara said the group had attracted younger volunteers.
Applications to join the guides are open from November, with training starting next February.
Mr Zappara, who started visiting the island 45 years ago and now brings his children and grandchildren over every year, said he looked forward to focusing on “just being a guide” when his term as president ends this month. For more information on the RVGA, visit www.rvga.asn.au.