Participants in an environmental recovery project

Disaster Recovery

Conservation Volunteers is continuing to rebuild our environment after the devastating 2011 natural disasters. We are  into the recovery phase, which requires ongoing resources to continue the massive relief effort and assistance to affected farmers, communities and environments.

We’ve helped with environmental recovery projects after the following disasters:

  • 2013 Tasmanian bushfires
  • 2011 Victorian Floods
  • 2011 Queensland Floods
  • 2009 Victorian “Black Saturday” bushfires

Some of the sorts of activities we can help with after an environmental disaster include:

  •     Fencing removal and repair
  •     Track clearing and maintenance
  •     Repair works and cleaning up of previous revegetation sites
  •     Erosion repair and control
  •     Native planting
  •     Early intervention in weed seed spread


Alanna Main – Volunteer

“We had a great experience! The project was well organised, with great CVA staff, a great team and ourgreat leader Geoff. It was very satisfying work where we not only gained new skills such as fencing, but it was good to be able to help those who have been devastated by the floods.

The landholders we were helping were amazingly hospitable and expressed their gratitiude for our help in so many ways: freshly baked cakes, home made cheeses, BBQ dinners, picnic lunches and open invitations to return in future for fishing, camping, birdwatching..I will never forget the amazing Australia day morning tea under a beautiful gum tree with the Aussie flag flying that one of the landholders laid on – all unexpected and wonderful 🙂

THANK YOU!!!!!!”

Southern Star Newspaper

A once in a lifetime holiday to tropical North Queensland took a turn for the worse for a group of unlucky tourists last week. The Canadian and American university students were supposed to spend a week in Cairns doing some voluntary conservation work while also taking in the sights at the Great Barrier Reef.

Instead the group, part of study abroad program Australearn, were taken off their plane bound for Cairns on February 1 and ended up planting trees at a park in Salisbury.

Conservation Volunteers Australia took the keen environmentalists on and soon put them to work planting native trees at Maughan Park. There were no hard feelings about the change of plans. The optimistic students took it all in their stride, enjoying kayaking on the Brisbane River and seeing native animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

“It’s been awesome so far,’’ Katie Sherman from Michigan said.  “They’ve turned lemons into lemonade, I’m almost glad in a way we got stuck here because I never would have thought to see here and it’s been really fun,’’ her friend Kirsten Lee said.

The students will spend the next four months studying at Sydney universities and were confident they would see the Great Barrier Reef before going home.

Australearn resident director Ross Seeger said the students had quite the introduction to Australia, narrowly missing a tropical cyclone in Cairns and floods in Brisbane. “For them it was interesting to see everything after the flood damage,’’ he said.

Sid Plant – Landholder

“From Monday 31st January to 4th February 4,2011 a team of volunteers came to “Samarai” and repaired and replaced flood damaged and destroyed fences. The property is mostly flood plain but the floods this year were by far the biggest we have experienced in more than 50 years.

They were friendly and enthusiastic and it was a joy to work with them and their supervisors. It has given my whole family a great lift and made some paddocks stock proof so that we can begin to get back into production. Personally I was struggling to make a start on the job and wondered how I would ever get it all finished.

A big thank you to all concerned. ”