Celebrating our incredible Volunteers during National Volunteers Week

Published 12 May 2014 
about  Scottsdale Reserve Naree Station Charles Darwin Reserve Yourka Reserve Bon Bon Station Reserve Boolcoomatta Reserve Nardoo Hills Reserves  
Scottsdale Reserve in NSW is supported by a team of loyal volunteers.<br/>Marj Jones, Bob and Jenny Cooper, Harry and Enid Bentley who form just part of that team and contribute across all aspects of reserve management. Scottsdale Reserve in NSW is supported by a team of loyal volunteers.
Marj Jones, Bob and Jenny Cooper, Harry and Enid Bentley who form just part of that team and contribute across all aspects of reserve management.
Volunteer Nursery Coordinator Sue Connelly.<br/>Sue came to Scottsdale as an "interested local" in 2006. Eight years later she is still coming back- almost daily- to tend the native seed stock in the Scottsdale Reserve nursery. Volunteer Nursery Coordinator Sue Connelly.
Sue came to Scottsdale as an "interested local" in 2006. Eight years later she is still coming back- almost daily- to tend the native seed stock in the Scottsdale Reserve nursery.
Volunteer Tractor Operator, Simon Booth (not that you can see him!).<br/>Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills to BHA projects. Simon is digging holes for a tree planting day at Scottsdale. Volunteer Tractor Operator, Simon Booth (not that you can see him!).
Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills to BHA projects. Simon is digging holes for a tree planting day at Scottsdale.
Tree planting days at Scottsdale bring people together.<br/>Members of the community, Bush Heritage staff and NRM professionals. Tree planting days at Scottsdale bring people together.
Members of the community, Bush Heritage staff and NRM professionals.
Skilled volunteers are involved in ecological survey work like this team at Scottsdale<br/> Skilled volunteers are involved in ecological survey work like this team at Scottsdale
This new timber ramp was built by volunteers Wybe Reyenga and Ralph Farnbach.<br/>The ramp offers wheelchair access to the interesting workshops and field days hosted at the Scottsdale shed. This new timber ramp was built by volunteers Wybe Reyenga and Ralph Farnbach.
The ramp offers wheelchair access to the interesting workshops and field days hosted at the Scottsdale shed.
BHA staff member, Alex Monday.<br/>Spraying Horehound weed at Nardoo Hills. Weekend weed patrols commence this month at Nardoo. BHA staff member, Alex Monday.
Spraying Horehound weed at Nardoo Hills. Weekend weed patrols commence this month at Nardoo.
Volunteering is often a "family affair" on our reserves.<br/>Here the Akers family pitches in to dismantle a disused fence on Naree Reserve in NSW. Volunteering is often a "family affair" on our reserves.
Here the Akers family pitches in to dismantle a disused fence on Naree Reserve in NSW.
Di Akers cataloguing plant species during a family working bee at Naree over Easter<br/> Di Akers cataloguing plant species during a family working bee at Naree over Easter
Frank and Ann Ingerwesen get into the garden during a caretaking stint at Boolcoomatta<br/> Frank and Ann Ingerwesen get into the garden during a caretaking stint at Boolcoomatta
Dedicated to feral cat control at Boolcoomatta. <br/>Keith Gooley, Margie and Peter Calder, pictured here with former Reserve Manager Peter Ashton. Dedicated to feral cat control at Boolcoomatta.
Keith Gooley, Margie and Peter Calder, pictured here with former Reserve Manager Peter Ashton.
Boolcoomatta Reserve.<br/>Trish MacDonald and Joss Haiblen have recently embarked on a project to review and enhance visitor information. Boolcoomatta Reserve.
Trish MacDonald and Joss Haiblen have recently embarked on a project to review and enhance visitor information.
Allan Norris at Boolcoomatta Reserve,<br/>Allan is the father of Reserve Manager, Glen Norris. All around the country the partners and relatives of Reserve Managers are contributing volunteer hours to projects they are passionate about. Allan Norris at Boolcoomatta Reserve,
Allan is the father of Reserve Manager, Glen Norris. All around the country the partners and relatives of Reserve Managers are contributing volunteer hours to projects they are passionate about.
Regular volunteer caretakers on our SA properties.<br/>Margie and Peter Calder are here with Mike Chuk, Reserve Manager at Bon Bon Reserve. Trusted and skilled caretakers allow field staff to take leave knowing that the reserves are 'in good hands'. Regular volunteer caretakers on our SA properties.
Margie and Peter Calder are here with Mike Chuk, Reserve Manager at Bon Bon Reserve. Trusted and skilled caretakers allow field staff to take leave knowing that the reserves are 'in good hands'.
Peter and Margie Calder, Dennis Matthews and Mike Chuck.<br/>Working on transforming the old single person's quarters into the Bon Bon museum. Peter and Margie Calder, Dennis Matthews and Mike Chuck.
Working on transforming the old single person's quarters into the Bon Bon museum.
Volunteer Ron McInnes spraying Buffel grass at Bon Bon.<br/>Ron, like many of our volunteers, has traveled to BH reserves right across the country to get involved in a broad range of tasks- from cactus stabbing to catering. Volunteer Ron McInnes spraying Buffel grass at Bon Bon.
Ron, like many of our volunteers, has traveled to BH reserves right across the country to get involved in a broad range of tasks- from cactus stabbing to catering.
Ernie Skippings and Des Dymott.<br/>Installing visitor infrastructure at Charles Darwin Reserve in WA. Ernie Skippings and Des Dymott.
Installing visitor infrastructure at Charles Darwin Reserve in WA.
Volunteer Brian Crute.<br/>Supporting the WA monitoring program by establishing and monitoring sand pads across CDR and Eurardy. Volunteer Brian Crute.
Supporting the WA monitoring program by establishing and monitoring sand pads across CDR and Eurardy.
Brian Crute with Bob and Andrew Ruscoe.<br/>Working on Mongers Well at CDR. Part of the team of volunteers who support our work in "the West". Brian Crute with Bob and Andrew Ruscoe.
Working on Mongers Well at CDR. Part of the team of volunteers who support our work in "the West".
A volunteer placement with a difference.<br/>Regular WA volunteer Valerie Warren is all smiles despite the flies at the CDR Open Day in October 2013. Valerie was one of a team of Volunteer Event Assistants at the "Blues for the Bush". A volunteer placement with a difference.
Regular WA volunteer Valerie Warren is all smiles despite the flies at the CDR Open Day in October 2013. Valerie was one of a team of Volunteer Event Assistants at the "Blues for the Bush".
Volunteers Tim Gamblin and Sarah Luxton.<br/>Tim and Sarah assisted with mammal surveys at Kojinup Reserve in Gondwana Link just last week. Volunteers also assist with the bird and vegetation surveys across our reserves each Spring. Volunteers Tim Gamblin and Sarah Luxton.
Tim and Sarah assisted with mammal surveys at Kojinup Reserve in Gondwana Link just last week. Volunteers also assist with the bird and vegetation surveys across our reserves each Spring.
Volunteer Norma Gates with Jim Radford (Science and Monitoring Manager).<br/>Back in the office Norma  enters field notes and species observations into our Properties Database that helps maintain the ecological outcomes data. Volunteer Norma Gates with Jim Radford (Science and Monitoring Manager).
Back in the office Norma enters field notes and species observations into our Properties Database that helps maintain the ecological outcomes data.
Arnis Dzedins, Margaret and Richard Alcorn.<br/>Some of the volunteer faces working behind the scenes on software and systems critical to the work that we do at Bush Heritage. Arnis Dzedins, Margaret and Richard Alcorn.
Some of the volunteer faces working behind the scenes on software and systems critical to the work that we do at Bush Heritage.
Volunteers Dorothy and David Leeson and Brian Martin.<br/>Dorothy and David  are soon to commence a four-week volunteer caretaker placement at Eurardy Reserve. Volunteers Dorothy and David Leeson and Brian Martin.
Dorothy and David are soon to commence a four-week volunteer caretaker placement at Eurardy Reserve.
Volunteer David Blair.<br/>David proves his worth as a welder during building works at Eurardy Reserve. Practical/trade skills are a real asset to the infrastructure development and maintenance projects on our remote reserves Volunteer David Blair.
David proves his worth as a welder during building works at Eurardy Reserve. Practical/trade skills are a real asset to the infrastructure development and maintenance projects on our remote reserves
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It’s National Volunteers Week and we'd like to take the opportunity to recognise the dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate their time and expertise to support Bush Heritage and conservation in Australia.

This year marks 25 years of National Volunteers Week with the theme Celebrate the power of Volunteers.

To commemorate the occasion we've put together a photo gallery of some of the people powering projects right across the country - just a taste of what is happening in the office and in the field.

Volunteers contribute across a broad spectrum of Bush Heritage field and corporate operations, including:

  • weed control to web development,
  • finance assistant to feral animal control,
  • ecological surveys to erosion control, to
  • propagation of native species to policy development and review.
  • and much more.

In the last twelve months, volunteers have contributed over 14,000 hours to our operations in more than 15 activity areas.

Volunteers support work on priority tasks from our conservation and business plans and, in some cases, lead projects like working bees and ecological surveys. They even join us as Bush Heritage ambassadors at community engagement and fundraising events.

Bush Heritage currently has 430 active volunteers in our program and 70 more people who have completed an application and are waiting for an opportunity to get involved.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life – they are students, natural resource management professionals, keen naturalists, interested locals, young families, retirees, Bush Heritage staff and relatives …all united by a shared conservation vision and a strong desire to do something about it.

They are the conservation community that we build up around our reserves. They are the people we call on when we need someone to care-take, and they are ‘the cavalry’ on the bigger jobs like fencing, data entry, mapping rabbit warrens and clearing tracks after cyclones. They are often the quiet worker in the office who is busily scanning documents or inputting data when we can’t find enough hours in the day.

And when we ask our Volunteers how they want to be thanked…they say “just give us something meaningful to do and let us do it”.

On behalf of Bush Heritage I would like to say THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS for the power you bring to our organisation. Your enthusiasm and your efforts are inspirational … and you are making a meaningful contribution to the conservation of our precious landscapes and species, safeguarding them for the future.

Scottsdale Reserve in NSW is supported by a team of loyal volunteers.<br/>Marj Jones, Bob and Jenny Cooper, Harry and Enid Bentley who form just part of that team and contribute across all aspects of reserve management. Scottsdale Reserve in NSW is supported by a team of loyal volunteers.
Marj Jones, Bob and Jenny Cooper, Harry and Enid Bentley who form just part of that team and contribute across all aspects of reserve management.
Volunteer Nursery Coordinator Sue Connelly.<br/>Sue came to Scottsdale as an "interested local" in 2006. Eight years later she is still coming back- almost daily- to tend the native seed stock in the Scottsdale Reserve nursery. Volunteer Nursery Coordinator Sue Connelly.
Sue came to Scottsdale as an "interested local" in 2006. Eight years later she is still coming back- almost daily- to tend the native seed stock in the Scottsdale Reserve nursery.
Volunteer Tractor Operator, Simon Booth (not that you can see him!).<br/>Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills to BHA projects. Simon is digging holes for a tree planting day at Scottsdale. Volunteer Tractor Operator, Simon Booth (not that you can see him!).
Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills to BHA projects. Simon is digging holes for a tree planting day at Scottsdale.
Tree planting days at Scottsdale bring people together.<br/>Members of the community, Bush Heritage staff and NRM professionals. Tree planting days at Scottsdale bring people together.
Members of the community, Bush Heritage staff and NRM professionals.
Skilled volunteers are involved in ecological survey work like this team at Scottsdale<br/> Skilled volunteers are involved in ecological survey work like this team at Scottsdale
This new timber ramp was built by volunteers Wybe Reyenga and Ralph Farnbach.<br/>The ramp offers wheelchair access to the interesting workshops and field days hosted at the Scottsdale shed. This new timber ramp was built by volunteers Wybe Reyenga and Ralph Farnbach.
The ramp offers wheelchair access to the interesting workshops and field days hosted at the Scottsdale shed.
BHA staff member, Alex Monday.<br/>Spraying Horehound weed at Nardoo Hills. Weekend weed patrols commence this month at Nardoo. BHA staff member, Alex Monday.
Spraying Horehound weed at Nardoo Hills. Weekend weed patrols commence this month at Nardoo.
Volunteering is often a "family affair" on our reserves.<br/>Here the Akers family pitches in to dismantle a disused fence on Naree Reserve in NSW. Volunteering is often a "family affair" on our reserves.
Here the Akers family pitches in to dismantle a disused fence on Naree Reserve in NSW.
Di Akers cataloguing plant species during a family working bee at Naree over Easter<br/> Di Akers cataloguing plant species during a family working bee at Naree over Easter
Frank and Ann Ingerwesen get into the garden during a caretaking stint at Boolcoomatta<br/> Frank and Ann Ingerwesen get into the garden during a caretaking stint at Boolcoomatta
Dedicated to feral cat control at Boolcoomatta. <br/>Keith Gooley, Margie and Peter Calder, pictured here with former Reserve Manager Peter Ashton. Dedicated to feral cat control at Boolcoomatta.
Keith Gooley, Margie and Peter Calder, pictured here with former Reserve Manager Peter Ashton.
Boolcoomatta Reserve.<br/>Trish MacDonald and Joss Haiblen have recently embarked on a project to review and enhance visitor information. Boolcoomatta Reserve.
Trish MacDonald and Joss Haiblen have recently embarked on a project to review and enhance visitor information.
Allan Norris at Boolcoomatta Reserve,<br/>Allan is the father of Reserve Manager, Glen Norris. All around the country the partners and relatives of Reserve Managers are contributing volunteer hours to projects they are passionate about. Allan Norris at Boolcoomatta Reserve,
Allan is the father of Reserve Manager, Glen Norris. All around the country the partners and relatives of Reserve Managers are contributing volunteer hours to projects they are passionate about.
Regular volunteer caretakers on our SA properties.<br/>Margie and Peter Calder are here with Mike Chuk, Reserve Manager at Bon Bon Reserve. Trusted and skilled caretakers allow field staff to take leave knowing that the reserves are 'in good hands'. Regular volunteer caretakers on our SA properties.
Margie and Peter Calder are here with Mike Chuk, Reserve Manager at Bon Bon Reserve. Trusted and skilled caretakers allow field staff to take leave knowing that the reserves are 'in good hands'.
Peter and Margie Calder, Dennis Matthews and Mike Chuck.<br/>Working on transforming the old single person's quarters into the Bon Bon museum. Peter and Margie Calder, Dennis Matthews and Mike Chuck.
Working on transforming the old single person's quarters into the Bon Bon museum.
Volunteer Ron McInnes spraying Buffel grass at Bon Bon.<br/>Ron, like many of our volunteers, has traveled to BH reserves right across the country to get involved in a broad range of tasks- from cactus stabbing to catering. Volunteer Ron McInnes spraying Buffel grass at Bon Bon.
Ron, like many of our volunteers, has traveled to BH reserves right across the country to get involved in a broad range of tasks- from cactus stabbing to catering.
Ernie Skippings and Des Dymott.<br/>Installing visitor infrastructure at Charles Darwin Reserve in WA. Ernie Skippings and Des Dymott.
Installing visitor infrastructure at Charles Darwin Reserve in WA.
Volunteer Brian Crute.<br/>Supporting the WA monitoring program by establishing and monitoring sand pads across CDR and Eurardy. Volunteer Brian Crute.
Supporting the WA monitoring program by establishing and monitoring sand pads across CDR and Eurardy.
Brian Crute with Bob and Andrew Ruscoe.<br/>Working on Mongers Well at CDR. Part of the team of volunteers who support our work in "the West". Brian Crute with Bob and Andrew Ruscoe.
Working on Mongers Well at CDR. Part of the team of volunteers who support our work in "the West".
A volunteer placement with a difference.<br/>Regular WA volunteer Valerie Warren is all smiles despite the flies at the CDR Open Day in October 2013. Valerie was one of a team of Volunteer Event Assistants at the "Blues for the Bush". A volunteer placement with a difference.
Regular WA volunteer Valerie Warren is all smiles despite the flies at the CDR Open Day in October 2013. Valerie was one of a team of Volunteer Event Assistants at the "Blues for the Bush".
Volunteers Tim Gamblin and Sarah Luxton.<br/>Tim and Sarah assisted with mammal surveys at Kojinup Reserve in Gondwana Link just last week. Volunteers also assist with the bird and vegetation surveys across our reserves each Spring. Volunteers Tim Gamblin and Sarah Luxton.
Tim and Sarah assisted with mammal surveys at Kojinup Reserve in Gondwana Link just last week. Volunteers also assist with the bird and vegetation surveys across our reserves each Spring.
Volunteer Norma Gates with Jim Radford (Science and Monitoring Manager).<br/>Back in the office Norma  enters field notes and species observations into our Properties Database that helps maintain the ecological outcomes data. Volunteer Norma Gates with Jim Radford (Science and Monitoring Manager).
Back in the office Norma enters field notes and species observations into our Properties Database that helps maintain the ecological outcomes data.
Arnis Dzedins, Margaret and Richard Alcorn.<br/>Some of the volunteer faces working behind the scenes on software and systems critical to the work that we do at Bush Heritage. Arnis Dzedins, Margaret and Richard Alcorn.
Some of the volunteer faces working behind the scenes on software and systems critical to the work that we do at Bush Heritage.
Volunteers Dorothy and David Leeson and Brian Martin.<br/>Dorothy and David  are soon to commence a four-week volunteer caretaker placement at Eurardy Reserve. Volunteers Dorothy and David Leeson and Brian Martin.
Dorothy and David are soon to commence a four-week volunteer caretaker placement at Eurardy Reserve.
Volunteer David Blair.<br/>David proves his worth as a welder during building works at Eurardy Reserve. Practical/trade skills are a real asset to the infrastructure development and maintenance projects on our remote reserves Volunteer David Blair.
David proves his worth as a welder during building works at Eurardy Reserve. Practical/trade skills are a real asset to the infrastructure development and maintenance projects on our remote reserves
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