Ted’s not your av­er­age guide

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By DENISE S. CAHILL

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.

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