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Australia Day Honours 2015
Congratulations to two people recognised for their efforts with CVA as part of the Australia Day Honours list 2015!
Board member Susan Campbell is awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to conservation and the environment. Sue has been a CVA Board member since 1984 (almost since CVA was founded in 1982), serving as Chair twice and giving so much of her time voluntarily to CVA and to many other organisations.
Former CVA staff member Garry Snowden was a senior manager with CVA for many years until retirement in 2010, serving as our National Safety Manager and implementing and leading CVA's first Gallipoli volunteer programs in collaboration with the Department of Veterans' Affairs as well as the Kokoda Track program. Garry has been recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the conservation of historic sites of Australian military significance.
Congratulations to Sue and Garry for this well-deserved recognition.
New Naturewise Conservation Holidays Launched
Conservation Volunteers, in partnership with Parks Victoria, have launched eight new Naturewise Conservation Holidays in Victoria. The new products showcase some of the most beautiful natural areas in the state, and provide the participants with the opportunity to personally contribute to conservation goals by working with environmental experts on key projects. To find out more about the new Naturewise products or to book your next conservation holiday, please click here
Another Award Win
In May this year, our staff attended the Hobart City Council awards ceremony for the Volunteer Organisation Best Practice Award. There were over 53 volunteer organisations represented, who were all awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their volunteer programs and services. Although we did not receive the Best Practice Award, we were given the Highly Commended Award, this was only issued to one other organisation. A big congratulations to our team in Hobart.
New Supporter Groups and Memberships Program
We also launched our brand new Supporter groups program - Friends of Conservation Volunteers. These groups will provide many more ways to interact with Conservation Volunteers – from joining us on bushwalks, to exclusive project visits and the chance to join social activities – plus volunteering, of course! If you would like to find out about your nearest Friends of CV group, please register your details by CLICKING HERE.
California Conservation Corps 25th Annual Exchange
Nine members of the CCC have been working Down Under, as part of the Corps' annual exchange with us.
This year corps members worked on invasive plant removal and also managed to fit in a visit to a native animal reserve and see kangaroos and smaller marsupials up close. The group of 10 corps members achieved some great results during their visit including conducting six rabbit warren surveys at Lincoln National Park and collecting over 300kgs of rubbish from Wanna Beach and removing weeds over 15000 sqm.
Meanwhile, eight CVA members spent two weeks based at the CCC's Ukiah Center, where projects included working on the California Coast. They moved on to the Fortuna Center in Humboldt County after a weekend visiting Yosemite National Park. Find out more information on how you can volunteer overseas
Inspiring Change - Perth Conservation Volunteers Earth Assist Program
Conservation Volunteers Rio Tinto Earth Assist recently ran a “Sustain Our Swan” program for the Trinity College Year 7’s last week. Trinity College is a private boys school situated on the Swan River, which is one of the two main rivers around the Perth CBD. The health of the Swan River is of great importance and is a continued focus for many environmental both government and non-government organisations as well as universities. The “Sustain Our Swan” program is run every year with Trinity College and the Rio Tinto Earth Assist program and is always an enjoyable project. Overall, we had approximately 160 students through the program last week.
During the “Sustain Our Swan” program, the students were exposed to
numerous activities and workshops centred around protecting the Swan River. The Rio Tinto Earth Assist program, along with the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and the City of Perth, educated the students in water testing, the river ecosystem, the water cycle, the Swan River Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphin community, and a visionary exercise on Perth City and its relationship with the Swan River. The students also did walks within their school and learnt more about their connection with the river and the historical significance of sites around their school. . The students picked up litter from around their school and on the river foreshore at the end of every day to start implementing the actions that will help to improve the health of the Swan River in the long run.
We always enjoy this program because it is evident that environmental education and awareness is most beneficial before students develop their opinions and values with regards to the environment they live in. Change within the minds of the Trinity College Year 7’s was inspired and will be achieved as the students move through high school. It’s great news for our precious Swan River.
Marine Debris Presentation Gladstone
Conservation Volunteers, Queensland Gas Company and Central Queensland University delivered a presentation in Gladstone for community and Natural Resource Management Groups in the Central Queensland Region to gain an understanding of how community engagement activities can contribute to the reduction and management of marine debris in our coastal environments. Presentations from CQU researchers and CV’s Corporate Affairs Director, Phil Harrison, covered topics covering what marine debris is, where it is coming from, what people feel about it, and how community, corporate and regional bodies can work together to reduce the problem. Over 40 people attended the presentation, including plenty of volunteers who have been actively helping collect marine debris with Conservation Volunteers Australia.
New Voluntourism Opportunities
Conservation Volunteers Australia and Parks Victoria have joined forces to promote a new Naturewise voluntourism program for regional Victoria. Voluntourism is when tourists do volunteer work as part of their travel experience. It’s a growing market in the tourism industry. Naturewise voluntourism offers opportunities for involvement with environmental and conservation projects.
Marko Sanovic has been appointed to the new role of Tourism Product Development Manager to identify and develop opportunities for nature-based voluntourism across the state. He will work closely with regional and state tourism bodies, natural resource management organisations and local communities.
A number of new and exciting Naturewise voluntourism products have just been confirmed. They combine volunteer conservation activities with exciting tour experiences such as working alongside Parks Victoria rangers in threatened species, monitoring large Forest Owls and encounters with elusive Tiger Quolls. Naturewise tours are both rewarding and unique; visitors can experience some of Australia’s most beautiful natural areas, whilst personally contributing to the conservation of native species.
Taking Care of Elders Project for Tassie Devils
With new breeding enclosures now well established and the Devils settling in nicely, Conservation Volunteers Australia will be taking on a new project for Tasmanian Devils. What happens to older Tassie Devils when they have finished their part in the breeding program? Conservation Volunteers will be working with Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to establish a new enclosure for the devils who are ready to retire and relax - a 'Retirement Village'. We call it the ‘Taking Care of the Elders’ project. The ageing Devils have made an important and long-lasting contribution to the ongoing survival of the species and now they can live out the rest of their days in relaxed comfort, enjoying social interaction, good food and shelter.
For more information or to donate to support this worthy cause CLICK HERE
We were delighted to recently win the ‘Green Pioneer in Travel Industry’ Award in the Best Travel Agency Awards in Hong Kong. Special thanks to all the Hong Kong volunteers who join us throughout the year to help with our programs.
ExxonMobil have supported Conservation Volunteers for many years and they are now joining with us to support volunteers as they survey the extent and density of owl populations in South Gippsland. In conjunction with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and with support from Birdlife International, we will also be providing a fantastic owl education kit to schools across the region.
Our Wild Futures program has received a very welcome boost with a significant grant from the Alcoa Foundation. This grant will be complemented by extensive volunteering contributions from Alcoa employees across the country. We look forward to Alcoans helping us create a Wild Future for the Carnaby’s Cockatoo and other members of the Wild Futures family over the next two years! Find out more about our Wild Futures programs and how you can be involved.