Burnt Banksia cone in Holey Plains State Park - Image by Sam Rye, Conservation Volunteers

Environmental Recovery from the Bushfires – 22/02/20

22 February 2020

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

Thanks to you, together this community is now 10,000 strong! To help us to keep building the movement of people involved in the recovery, please can you share this with 1 other friend or colleague?

Recovery efforts are underway across the country, despite the recent rains and floods. Last week we asked if you would be keen to book a few days off in winter, and the response was overwhelmingly positive! So we’re encouraging you to book a few days off in winter if you’re keen to be involved in recovery volunteering.

We want to say thank you to the overwhelming response to our call for photographers and volunteers in last week’s newsletter, we’re working on getting back to everyone in the next week or two!

If you’re in one of the capital cities, look out for one of our recovery billboards in the coming week, kindly supported by our friends at JCDecaux.

We’re now moving to publishing this newsletter every 2 weeks as this better reflects the fire situation around the country, so expect to receive the next one on 6 March.

Finally, the nestbox workshops have been a hit! We made a little video to share what people had to say about the feeling of coming together for environmental recovery work.

Recovery Opportunities

We are working on providing more opportunities for you to join organisations requiring volunteer support. We understand that many of you are keen to volunteer your time with these organisations, so we thought we’d explain where we are at with the process.

We have 10k people registered and are in discussions with many groups and organisations across the fire grounds, however we also must ensure that the safety of our volunteers is paramount in any activity we refer them to. We are still in the fire season, many of the fire grounds are still closed for assessment. Before we refer volunteers anywhere, it’s critical to ensure that when we refer to groups which have adequate safety and risk management protocols in place. This has required the development of some resources to assist groups to meet this requirement. We are now at the stage where we will be trialling the process with a selection of groups, with the aim of rolling it out more broadly later in March.

We look forward to your involvement, and whilst that continues, here are this week’s opportunities:


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

Newcastle : 22 Feb : Nesting box construction – closed



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

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



Adelaide : 28 Feb : Fencing in the Adelaide Hills – book your spot



Launceston : 29 Feb : Plant propagation – 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

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.

Owls & possums being looked after by wildlife heroes, and additional money for carers is now available: see it on facebook

Elinor the Echidna spotted in Kurth Kiln which is recovering from terrible bushfires in 2019: see it on youtube

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park works with the Defence Force to build a new enclosure: see it on youtube

Ballina locals came together to make some insect hotels for bushfire areas: see it on facebook

In Adelaide hills, volunteers are making a difference to welcome wildlife back to Lobethal Bushland Park: 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.

Parks Victoria share the scale of the Victorian fires and some useful information with this helicopter fly-over video: see it on their website

Know someone who is struggling after the fires? It’s absolutely normal, and help is available: find out more at Lifeline


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 newsletter 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