Each year Sydney Airport holds their Lost Property Auctions with funds being donated to a variety of local causes. Funds received from the most recent auction were donated to Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), helping to support the rehabilitation of Congwong Beach, Sydney. On February 10th the first volunteer day was held and we officially launched the Congwong Beach Project.
It was a hot day at Congwong Beach and everyone gratefully crowded under a gazebo to share their excitement. The Congwong Beach Project will provide a series of community volunteer days aimed at restoring the precious coastal dunes of Congwong Beach, which forms part of Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
Conservation Volunteers Chairman, Gerry Morvell, opened proceedings by recognising the importance of everyone coming together to protect and restore our environment. After thanking local volunteers of both CVA and other organisations for their ongoing efforts, Mr Morvell acknowledged Sydney Airport for their generous support of the region. Sydney Airport has partnered with Conservation Volunteers since 2014, supporting conservation projects throughout Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said Sydney Airport was proud to be part of this important community project.
“Conservation Volunteers Australia plays a crucial role in rehabilitating bushland and coastal areas across the country and we are pleased to launch this initiative as part of our ongoing partnership,” said Ms Mather.
The area has already seen remarkable transformation, with the natural seed bank germinating once invasive species like Bitou Bush were removed. National Parks and Wildlife Services Area Manager Ben Khan, shared his enthusiasm for the project.
“The work that CVA and the team of volunteers have done at Congwong Beach is fantastic. I couldn’t be more pleased that Sydney Airport has partnered with CVA to continue this valuable bush regeneration and sand dune restoration work.”
With the support of Sydney Airport, there are many opportunities available for volunteers to come out and help restore Congwong Beach. To find out more or join a volunteering day at Congwong Beach visit our website.