Helpful Artie makes light work of tasks

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Chairman and founder of Maroo Wildlife Refuge Glen Burston sits in their new ATV utility cart, which they purchased due to the grant.
Camera IconChairman and founder of Maroo Wildlife Refuge Glen Burston sits in their new ATV utility cart, which they purchased due to the grant. Credit: Holly Thompson

The Maroo Wildlife Refuge has received $15,000 from Lotterywest to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle, which will help volunteers complete tasks around the refuge.

The refuge, just outside of Manjimup, rehabilitates endangered and critically endangered species and relies on volunteers to run the service.

Chairman and co-founder Glen Burston said the new ATV would help volunteers in their work.

“Lotterywest has been a great source of support for us since we moved down here in 2010,” he said.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation but we are not registered for charity so we cannot apply for those really big grants, we can only go to Lotterywest once a year and apply for grants up to $15,000.”

He said the refuge had been lucky to receive the full $15,000 for the latest application, which had been used to purchase the new ATV.

Mr Burston and his wife Jo, who also works at the refuge, had applied for the grant and within six weeks, Lotterywest had approved it and helped deliver the vehicle from Bunbury.

“We have been looking at getting one for a while for the volunteers because they do a lot of the cleaning up around the refuge and they collect food from the surrounding bush to bring back as well,” Mr Burston said.

“Before we purchased this ATV, a lot of it was done using wheelbarrows and rakes which made the work more strenuous.”

He said they had named their new vehicle “Artie” and had made good use of it already.

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