Cameron Slater has received an award for his conservation volunteering efforts.
Cameron Slater has received an award for his conservation volunteering efforts. Tom Huntley

Love of the outdoors leads to conservation volunteering

HE describes himself as an outdoors person. He's dedicated to conserving the environment and last year he was recognised for his efforts.

Mucking around in the garden has always been one of Cameron Slater's favourite things to do.

The 18-year-old began volunteering with Gladstone's Conservation volunteers last year.

The group operates across the country and aims to create a healthy and sustainable environment.

At the heart of Conservation Volunteers is the belief that everyone can make a difference.

Cameron found out about the group at school.

"They came to school in the middle of last year," Cameron said.

"Me and a mate thought it sounded fun so we signed up."

For the remainder of the year, Cameron spent every Tuesday volunteering with group.

"It was great," he said. "I was always interested in the horticultural side, looking after plants."

There have been plenty of memorable moments since Cameron started work with the group.

"Releasing a turtle at Briffney Creek was amazing," he said. "It had been pushed up too far, probably from flooding.

"We had to push all the weeds away and help him get back out into the water."  

Cameron Slater has a love of the great outdoors.
Cameron Slater has a love of the great outdoors. Tom Huntley

In November last year, Tracey French from Conservation Volunteers nominated Cameron for a Members of Parliament National Volunteer Award.

"She came up to the school and told me," he said. "It was good. I was really happy."

Cameron went along to the award ceremony in December.

"I thought all the nominees were going to be there, but then everyone was congratulating me," he said.

"I realised it was just the winners that were there."

Since graduating from Gladstone State High School, Cameron has been working full time at the Gladstone Feed Barn, a job he loves.

He still volunteers with Conservation Volunteers when he can.

He said he was ready to leave school.

"I wanted it to finish earlier," he said. "I was ready to get out into the world."

Join the team:

ARE you interested in helping create a healthy, diverse and sustainably managed environment? Conservation Volunteers Gladstone are always looking for new members. 

Contact volunteer engagement officer Tracey French on 0418 630 503.