Photo by Sam Rye

Environmental Recovery from the Bushfires – 14/02/20

14 February 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter about the environmental volunteering response for bushfire recovery.

Thanks to you, together we’re now almost 10,000 people strong. To help us build the movement of people involved in the recovery, please can you share this with 1 other friend or colleague?

With the recent rain, especially across the Eastern fire grounds, many of the fires across the country are now under control or out. However the heavy rain is now causing significant challenges, including flooding and soil (loose because of the fires) being washed into waterways, amongst other things.

The recovery is entering a new phase now, with further and additional damage assessment and recovery planning needed, before various projects around the country are in a position to accept your help. As the old story goes, in the race between the tortoise and the hare, speed is not always the winner.

On the weekend I was talking to a family member, and she was asking what she could do for the environmental recovery effort. I told her that one of the best things she could do, would actually be to book 3 days off, somewhere in May to August, so that she knew she’d have dedicated time when projects would be up and running. So what do you reckon – is that something you could do?

Recovery Opportunities

Whilst fire grounds are being fully assessed, we are also working with partners around the country to identify opportunities for you to get involved without overwhelming already stressed projects.

Whilst that continues, here are this week’s opportunities:


Ballina : 22 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot

Ballina : 7 Mar : Nesting box construction – book your spot

Ballina : 14 Mar : Nesting box construction – book your spot

Newcastle : 22 Mar : Nesting box construction – book your spot



Brisbane : 29 Feb – 1 Mar : Track repairs at main ridge park (includes overnight stay and requires good fitness) – book your spot

Townsville : 22 Feb : Wildlife rescue craft workshop – book your spot

Townsville : 7 Mar : Wildlife rescue craft workshop – book your spot

Townsville : 21 Mar : Wildlife rescue craft workshop – book your spot



Launceston : 29 Feb : Plant propagation – book your spot



Warnambool : 22 Feb : Nesting box construction – book your spot



Citizen Science opportunity – (NOTE: Do not enter fire zones unless they have been declared safe) photograph regrowth, animals and insects returning after bushfires for UNSW and the Centre for Ecosystem Science – take a look on UNSW website

Make a watering station – (NOTE: Do not enter fire zones unless they have been declared safe) if you live on a bushfire affected property, you can use these details to make a watering station for wildlife – take a look on Environment NSW website

Photography & Video – we’re keen to work with emerging photographers and film makers who want to volunteer using their skills to tell the stories of local recovery projects. If you’re interested, please reply to this email.

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.

Looking after rescued Kangaroos after Wallabia Wildlife Shelter was lost to fires in Goongerah – see it on facebook

Koalas treated and released near Bairnsdale – a mother and joey koala have been released after recovering from bushfire injuries – see it on instagram

Burn Scars: The Long Road to Recovery for Australia’s Wildlife – photo journalism from International League of Conservation Photographers – view it on the naturepictures library website

Bogong Biccies for Pygmy Possums in Kosciusko National Park – see it on Environment NSW website

Nestbox building in Melbourne through the eyes of a volunteer – see it on facebook or read this article

50 Sugar Glider boxes built for wildlife displaced by the recent fires in NSW – see it on facebook



Seen a story of recovery? Reply and send us a link.


Important Notices

These are curated notices about the environmental recovery work which may be useful to you or someone you know.

Expert Panel List Released – The Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box, has released the Expert Panel’s findings of for a provisional list of animals requiring urgent management intervention after the bushfires – see it on the Australian Government website

Do you know a project or organisation that needs help with recovery? There’s fresh damage done by storms and floods which have made the fire damage worse – read this article and get in touch

The need for seed – Greening Australia outline their national native seed strategy for ecological restoration – see it on GA’s website

Adelaide Hills Council event about bushfire recovery and rebuilding sustainably – see it on twitter


Many thanks again for tuning in and for wanting to help in the environmental response 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 –

Check our FAQ about the recovery work, or contact us if you want to ask us questions or have ideas which aren’t addressed –