Swamp wallaby in Holey Plains State Park

Environmental Recovery from the Bushfires – 05/03/20

05 March 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?

This week we were delighted to hear NSW Rural Fire Service announce that for the first time since July 2019, that all fires are out.

For so many areas, the recovery can now begin.

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Recovery Opportunities

The Recovery process is moving forward more quickly now that the fire season seems to be turning a corner across the country. We wanted to give you another update on the timeline for the national coordination of environmental volunteering for the recovery.

Our timeline, subject to change, is as follows:

March 2020 – On Ground Assessment & Volunteer Referrals

Assessment of volunteering opportunities with conservation Groups in impacted communities to clearly understand the needs and capacity required now that some rapid assessments have been completed. If you know a group that needs help, please send them to this page to register for support: https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/bushfires/

April & beyond in 2020 – Project Capacity Building & Volunteer Referrals

Working with and supporting groups in affected areas to refine their opportunities, build capacity where needed and be ready to work with volunteers in a safe and positive manner. Matching people who want to help with opportunities with groups in fire affected regions, and exploring different models to support this to happen.

In the meantime, here are this week’s opportunities:


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

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



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

Mackay : 10 Mar : Nesting box construction – book your spot

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



Adelaide : 12 Mar : Fence removal and repairs in Adelaide Hills – book your spot



Perth : 28 Mar : 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. If you are concerned about wildlife in National Parks, we suggest contacting the relevant Parks Service before going into these areas.

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.

New residents move into nestboxes in Kangaroo Valley – see it on Facebook here

Kangaroos on Kangaroo Island are turning a corner after recent rains – see it on twitter and another on instagram

Feathered gliders need help too! Volunteers have been creating new homes for them in Sydney – see it on facebook here


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.

Landcare now have grants of up to $15k available for eligible projects – find out more here

The NSW Rural Fire Service announced ALL fires are out for the first time since July 2019 – see it on Facebook

Kangaroo Island recovery – an update from SA Department of Environment & Water – watch on twitter

Know someone who is struggling after the fires? It’s absolutely normal, and help is available: Lifeline has some useful links


Watch Volunteers In Action


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

We will be in touch again in two weeks time 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