A major grant was announced on 7 September 2016 that will see the construction of a purpose-built volunteer hub in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
With 600 active volunteers who make up Kings Park’s four volunteer organisations, volunteers outnumber paid staff by about four to one, and are an integral part of the park’s day-to-day activities.
President of the Friends of Kings Park Bob Bunney said the new volunteer hub would provide an ideal ‘headquarters’ for its many volunteers.
'Despite great interest from the community, we are currently unable to appoint large numbers of new volunteers, as our existing facilities are bursting at the seams,' said Mr Bunney.
'We expect to significantly increase our volunteering capacity in Kings Park with this new facility.'
The new volunteer hub will enable seven-days per week operation for more volunteer roles. It will include a large workshop for a new group of maintenance volunteers; a space suitable for training, seminars and meetings; office space; and areas for volunteers to gather for morning tea or other social activities.
'With this very generous grant from Lotterywest, we bring this exciting project one step closer to becoming a reality,' said Mr Bunney.
Representatives from the Kings Park Guides, Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners, the Honour Avenue Group (a sub-group of the Highgate RSL WA) and the Friends of Kings Park are all involved in the design and planning of the volunteer hub.
The facility is expected to begin operating in 2018.