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WOODEN YOU LIKE TO HELP: Conservation Australia Volunteers officer Skye McPherson is calling for more volunteers to join her Warrnambool team. Picture: Christine Ansorge
WOODEN YOU LIKE TO HELP: Conservation Australia Volunteers officer Skye McPherson is calling for more volunteers to join her Warrnambool team. Picture: Christine Ansorge

NEW recruits are being sought to join the Warrnambool chapter of the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA).

The team’s next project will take place on Monday with planting to take place on the green line north of Koroit.

The green line begins at the Koroit Railway Station and follows the old Hamilton railway line to Minahmite. 

For those who miss this outing, an information session for perspective recruits will be held at Deakin University on April 23 at 5.30pm. 

CVA officer Skye McPherson said the volunteers do important work and encouraged others to join.

“We will have an opportunity to work in areas which are home to some very special and rare native plants and wildlife,” Ms McPherson said.

“It’s really important that we take action to help protect these extraordinary areas.

“Volunteers will be involved in a range of activities such as weed control, re-vegetation and flora and fauna surveys.”

Ms McPherson said CVA works closely with environmental agencies in the south-west including the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network and the Catchment Management Authority.

Last year, Conservation Volunteers Australia planted one million tress and collected over 1.4 tonnes of seeds nation-wide. 

It has also distributed and collected 2,300 environmental surveys.

The current team of volunteers are a mix of students and retired people although Ms McPherson said the role could suit many ages and careers.

“Our field trips are all one-day projects and are normally on a Monday or Wednesday,” she said.

“But we do have a few on the weekends which would suit people who work full-time during the week.

“It’s a great way to not only help the environment but also meet some really interesting people.

“Travel will be provided from Warrnambool, leaving 8am and returning by about 4pm.

“Volunteers need to dress sun smart, wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water and some lunch.”

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer can register to do so at www.conservationvolunteers.com.au