Volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) are currently coming to the end of a re-vegetation effort at the old Dunolly Quarry.
Partnering with Central Goldfields Shire Council, over 1,100 native Box-Ironbark plants were planted in 2016 and this year approximately 3,300 new plants will be established in a fantastic effort. Native seed has also been distributed amongst the plantings to thicken up the ground layer of native grasses into the future.
CVA Regional Manager Adam Smolak said the plantings increase connectivity with the surrounding bushland and provide crucial habitat for Box-Ironbark species including the engangered Swift Parrot and Brush Tailed Phascogale.
“CVA Team Supervisor Daryl Hodson has done a fantastic job coordinating volunteers and making sure the project is achieving its objectives particularly in the recent cold and wet weather.”
Central Goldfields Shire Interim Administrator Mark Davies said it was fantastic to see our Open Spaces team working closely with Conservation Volunteers Australia on such a great community project.
“It’s great to see the revegetation works around the Dunolly Quarrry underway which will go along way to seeing local birdlife return to the area.
“The Quarry has been used for gravel extrance since the 1980s, with an average of 10,000 cubic metres per year being used to re-sheet local gravel roads.
“The 2010 and 2011 flood meant the demand increased and during the flood recovery process up to 230,000 cubic metres was extracted over a 12 month period.
“As the site is made up of two parts, and with extraction complete in the first section, the project with Conservation Volunteers will enable this area to be rehabilitated.”
The project coincided with National Threatened Species Day on September 7 with over 30 different volunteers having been involved in the project including regular and dedicated people from CVA’s Bendigo Office including people from the Karen community in Bendigo.
Conservation Volunteers run regular daily Conservation projects in Central and Northern Victoria and encourage anyone who likes the outdoors from the ages of 15 to 80 to enjoy a day out in the bush.
CVA Regional Manager Adam Smolak said “On our projects you can really enjoy being active in nature socialising with other people and contributing to improving our environment on a local level. You don’t need any specialist skills and you can volunteer for just one day at a time or as much as you want. It’s great for your physical, emotional and spiritual health.”
“We are a Centrelink approved organisation, offer work experience and placement for University and senior secondary students and offer staff volunteering for Central Victorian businesses and employees looking to contribute and become refreshed and build comraderie from getting outdoors.”
About Conservation Volunteers
Conservation Volunteers was founded in Australia in 1982, and expanded operations to New Zealand in 2006. Involving over 10,000 volunteers every year, Conservation Volunteers is a leader in delivery of practical conservation programs, community involvement and a range of training programs.
Conservation Volunteers has offices in 23 locations around Australia and New Zealand, and offers volunteer opportunities every week of the year. Conservation Volunteers has been recognised with many significant awards including the United Nations’ Environment Program Global 500, 6 Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards, and Ecotourism Australia’s Ecotourism Award 2009.
Conservation Volunteers Australia is a Registered Training Organisation