Gorge volunteer honoured

ROCELYN Ives was among a group of 30 recognised yesterday by the Launceston City Council for their voluntary work.

The Cataract Gorge Reserve volunteer was recognised with an outstanding achievement in environment, conservation and animal welfare award for her five years of work as a tour guide, helping to educate tourists and locals about the surroundings, as well as running an education program for children.

Mayor Albert van Zetten presented 19 individuals with a special certificate of recognition and 11 for outstanding achievement in four categories, as part of National Volunteers Week.

Ms Ives, a retired school teacher, said she spent a lot of time at the Gorge when still working and introduced many students to their ``big back yard''.

``I don't even see what I do as work,'' she said. ``I'm privileged to be able to do what I'm doing.''

It was through her early connection to the Gorge that she took on a role as a volunteer but said the program had been boosted since council employees Tammy Edmunds and Andrew Smith had got behind it.

Alderman van Zetten said Launceston would be a sad community without volunteers. The awards were a way to recognise the special people who made an important contribution and difference to Northern Tasmania.

Cataract Gorge Reserve volunteer Rocelyn Ives with her outstanding achievement award.  She was one of 30 recognised yesterday by the Launceston City Council. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Cataract Gorge Reserve volunteer Rocelyn Ives with her outstanding achievement award. She was one of 30 recognised yesterday by the Launceston City Council. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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