31 January 2020
Welcome to our newsletter for the environmental volunteering response for bushfire recovery.
Thanks to you, this community of people wanting to get their hands dirty to make a difference for the environmental recovery from the bushfires is now up to almost 9000! Please keep sharing with your friends and colleagues around the country, as we’re going to need an army in the coming weeks and months for the recovery of our natural environment.
This week we’re back with more opportunities and news about environmental recovery from the bushfires. We want to acknowledge that there are still fires burning and affecting people and ecosystems around Australia.
As we said in last week’s news, due to the scale of the fires around the country this recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint. Many fire affected areas are only just picking up the pieces; assessing the damage and planning what’s needed for recovery. Once that has happened, there will be a need for your help across a huge range of projects and groups will be better placed to accept your support – that’s at least a couple of weeks away in some areas.
So please stick with us – we’ll be sharing opportunities, important information, and stories from the recovery efforts around the country. We know from disaster recovery experience, there was an amazing volunteer response initially, but by the time the real work began, many had lost the desire to contribute and weren’t involved in the recovery. We want to change that this time, indeed we have to because of the extent of the areas affected. Bushfire affected ecosystems and communities are going to need your help for months and years to come and we’ll be there with you to help make that happen.
Volunteering opportunities are limited at the moment whilst fires are still burning in some regions, but we have put together some great projects and these are listed below, we would love to see you there. In many other regions fire grounds are yet to be fully assessed or declared safe. However we are working with partners around the country to identify opportunities for you to get involved.
Here’s this week’s opportunities:
Ballina : 8 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your place
Newcastle : 8 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your place
Sydney : 14 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your place
Townsville : 8 Feb : Wildlife rescue craft : book your place
Adelaide : 8 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your place
Melbourne : 8 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your place
Warnambool : 8 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your place
Citizen Science opportunity – photograph regrowth, animals and insects returning after bushfires (NOTE: Do not enter fire zones unless they have been declared safe) for UNSW and the Centre for Ecosystem Science – find out more on UNSW website
In the meantime, have you seen other opportunities for volunteers to get involved in recovery work? Reply and send us a link or some information, and we’ll get in touch with the organisers to see if they need more help.
Stories of Recovery
This is a round-up of some of the stories of wildlife and habitat recovery from around the country.
Wombat rescue by Goongerah Wombat Orphanage in East Gippsland – see it on facebook
Enchilada the Echnidna is alive and well at Southern Ocean Lodge in Kangaroo Island – see it on instagram
The owners of Wallabia Wildlife Shelter lost their house and animal enclosures to the fires, but luckily had evacuated their orphans a few days before the fires hit. They’re now operating from a temporary shelter while they rebuild – see it on facebook
Seen a story of recovery? Reply and send us a link.
These are curated notices about the environmental recovery work which may be useful to you or someone you know.
NSW Government published a useful resource on looking after wildlife, with a focus on good practice around food and water – see it on their website
Registered wildlife shelters and incorporated associations supporting wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in NSW, VIC, SA & QLD are eligible to apply for amounts up to $10,000 – see it on their website
There’s been a few media stories and reports of people running scams to gather money from people trying to donate to bushfires. If you think you’ve paid money to a scammer, contact your bank and then report it to SCAMwatch to stop it happening again – see it on their website
The National Recovery Agency website has now launched – see the website
Many thanks again for tuning in to this newsletter, and for wanting to get involved in the environmental volunteering repsonse to the bushfires.
We will be in touch again next week with another email sharing updates and opportunities for you to be involved in the environmental recovery efforts for the Australian bushfires.
In your service,
Sam and the Conservation Volunteers Bushfire Recovery Team
Conservation Volunteers is the national coordinator for the environmental volunteering response to the bushfires – https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/bushfires
Check our FAQ about the recovery work, or contact us if you want to ask us questions or have ideas which aren’t addressed – https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/bushfires/bushfire-recovery-faq/
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