Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is pleased to announce a new Campaign Partnership with Veolia Environmental Services Australia and New Zealand.
Veolia’s contribution will go towards bushfire recovery projects on Kangaroo Island and Cuddle Creek in the Adelaide Hills, which were severely damaged by the recent bushfires. CVA and Veolia will be focusing on two campaigns: Wild Futures and Revive, identified as the primary campaigns associated with CVA’s bushfire recovery efforts.
211,300 hectares of Kangaroo Island was burnt in the recent bushfires, equating to 48% of the land area on the island. This will have a long-term impact on the unique Kangaroo Island environment. With the help of Veolia, CVA will launch the bushfire recovery project on Kangaroo Island starting in June 2020.
Darren Kennedy, Regional Manager, SA/NT & WA said: “From experience, bushfire recovery is a long game where initial and long-term support is needed. Thanks to this partnership, we will be providing this support which will include measures to assist with habitat recovery.”
Through our partnership with Veolia, CVA will work with Kangaroo Island community groups and researchers to assist with fauna monitoring, and tracking returning animal numbers at project sites. Habitat revegetation for the Endangered Black Glossy Cockatoo through a community planting event, and work with STEM school Seaton High School on drone habitat monitoring will also be a priority. These works fall under our Wild Futures campaign which will help re-establish critical habitat for other endangered species including the short-beaked Echidna, the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the Kangaroo Island Dunnart.
23,669 hectares of Cuddle Creek was burnt in the fires.
At Cuddle Creek CVA will be undertaking similar projects to those on Kangaroo Island. Working with local Landcare and community nurseries to grow and supply plants is a priority. There will also be a strong focus on weed control to protect native vegetation recovery. Installing erosion control measures to reduce ash silt entering dams and waterways during winter is another crucial task, this will protect aquatic diversity and water quality which are critical activities under our Revive campaign.
Veolia employees will also be getting their hands dirty and participate in volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
Veolia Australia and New Zealand’s CEO and Managing Director, Danny Conlon, said “The devastating effects on communities, wildlife and natural habitat caused by the bushfires shocked and distressed our Veolia community. We welcome the opportunity to partner with CVA and support their bushfire recovery projects on Kangaroo Island and Cuddle Creek in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. We hope our contribution goes some way towards restoring the natural habitat and biodiversity in these areas.”
For more information about our Bushfire initiative, head to our Bushfire hub.