It’s been a huge year across Conservation Volunteers Australia, and we couldn’t have achieved any of the great outcomes of this year without you – our volunteers and supporters. Before we move into the new year, we wanted to do a quick round-up of some of the great things that have been achieved this year by our volunteers:
It was all about Koalas in the second half of 2019 as we launched a partnership with NRMA Insurance to restore and protect koala homes in Queensland and New South Wales. Hundreds of local and visiting volunteers pitched in to plant over 30,000 trees in October, and we’re already planning out the next mass planting in 2020, keep an eye out for volunteering opportunities near you.
Read about our partnership with NRMA
Another exciting project started this year is a project to restore fish habitat in the Georges River. Partnering with the Georges RiverKeeper our volunteers have been planting out Sporobulous seedlings to provide habitat and food for native aquatic species in the Georges River catchment.
We’re always looking for new ways to connect with the communities where we work, and this year we have made some fantastic connections with new Australians in our cross-cultural and migrant engagement programs. Working with local community and corporate partners in Melbourne, Townsville and Hobart we have been privileged to be part of growing volunteer’s sense of connection with their new home through environmental projects. Right: Volunteers and special guests celebrate the launch of the Cross Cultural Volunteer Program at Organ Pipes National Park. Photo credit: SDP Media
Throughout this year we have been partnering with Tangaroa Blue to undertake the ReefClean Project. ReefClean is a five-year marine debris clean-up and litter prevention program running in the Great Barrier Reef region from October 2018 to June 2023. So far volunteers have achieved amazing results in removing literally tonnes of marine debris from the Queensland coastline and on-shore areas. There will be loads of opportunities to get involved in 2020, so watch this space!
ReefClean is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Reef Check Australia, Eco Barge Clean Seas, AUSMAP, OceanWatch Australia, Capricornia Catchments Inc. and South Cape York Catchments.
Our corporate partners play a vital role in supporting us to deliver environmental projects around the country. This year we have been proud to partner with our corporate supporters to deliver tree plantings, rubbish clean-ups, environmental education programs and heritage restoration, just to name a few. The stand-out achievement by our corporate partners this year was the World Environment Day tree planting, where over 16,000 trees were planted at 8 sites across Australia and New Zealand. That sets a high bar for 2020, and we can’t wait to see what is achieved next year!
Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for such a great year, we couldn’t achieve any of this without you and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again next year.