Volunteers play an important role in protecting and rehabilitating the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Throughout the Wet Tropics region, volunteer organisations contribute skills and labour to a variety of activities, making community groups a vital and substantial partner in conservation. They participate in projects ranging from field studies to tree plantings, to injured wildlife rescues.
These community groups are always seeking new members and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, there is bound to be something to interest everybody so join in, make a contribution and learn: all at the same time!
Click on any of the volunteer groups listed below and learn more about how you can join the growing numbers of people wanting to give their time and skills to ensure the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is taken care of.
The Australian Quoll Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of all four of Australia’s Quoll Species, particularly the race “gracilis” of the spotted-tailed quoll in North QLD. Their main office is based in Cairns with a branches now located in Townsville and Victoria.
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC)
CAFNEC provides a regional forum and central support facility for environmental organisations and campaigners.
Volunteers are welcome!
Phone: (07) 4032 1746
Memberships: $30 single, $40 groups/families, $15 concession (component of fees are tax deductible)
Meetings: The management committee meets every two weeks, general meetings are quarterly.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Community for Cassowary and Coastal Conservation (C4)
C4 is a voluntary organisation which staffs a visitor centre seven days a week, offers heritage tours to Mission Beach visitors and undertakes extensive tree planting projects. Local councils consult C4 on local development applications and issues. Mission Beach Wildcare, a C4 working group looks after orphaned or injured native wildlife and has a 24-hour hotline on 0439 687 272.
Contact: Chrissy Henderson
Phone: (07) 4068 7197
Membership: $18 single, $25 families, $6.25 pensioners
Address: 535 Promenade, Mission Beach, Qld 4852
Meetings: General meetings are held every two months and management meeting on the last Monday of the month.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA)
Working in partnership with other community and government organisations, CV offers a wide variety of volunteer conservation experiences. Teams are regularly organised to undertake projects, sometimes in remote localities.
Phone: (07) 4032 0844
Address: 38 Hayward St (cnr Cochrane St) Mooroobool, Cairns Qld 4870
Environmental Defenders Office
This community legal centre promotes environmental protection and conservation. Staff provide a legal service and representation in public interest environmental law matters and strategic test cases, prepare submissions on environmental law and policy reform proposals and contribute to community education on environmental law issues.
Contact: Patrick Pearlman
Phone: (07) 4028 3739
Address: Rm 3, Serbian Cultural Information Centre, 67 Greenslopes St, Cairns Qld 4870
Memberships: $10 unwaged, $30 single, $40 community organisations, $35 families.
Meetings: Executive meets once a month.
Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue
Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue (Inc.) is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of the many species of wildlife found in tropical north Queensland. Their mission is to be a network of professional carers committed to rehabilitating wildlife for release and the education of people about the value of native fauna and its habitat.
Contact: PO Box 7546, Cairns Qld 4870
Centre: Unit 4/114 Hoare St, Manunda, Qld 4870
Phone: (07) 4053 4467 (24-hour hotline)
Frog Safe is a tax deductible frog conservation organisation. It has a large website featuring unique information about disease threats and ways to help frog populations. The group specialises in rescue and rehabilitation of injured and sick frogs as well as disease surveillance.
Phone: (07) 4088 6572
Address: PO Box 298, Mission Beach, 4852
Kuranda Conservation Community Nursery
Kuranda Conservation is an entirely volunteer organisation whose objectives are to assist the community to use land in an ecologically sustainable way and to enhance natural biodiversity through education and demonstration. It promotes awareness of the environment required for the preservation of cassowaries including habitat protection and enhancement, and domestic and feral animal control. It participates in research, in particular the CSIRO Cassowary Recovery Plan for the Wet Tropics region, to better understand the needs of this unique, umbrella species.
Contact: Jax Bergersen
Phone: 07 4093 8834
Kuranda EnviroCare is the amalgamation of Kuranda's Environment Association and Landcare Group. It has a membership of over 200.
Current issues include town planning, environmental education, wildlife corridor rehabilitation, wildlife management (especially cassowaries), and domestic animal and feral pig control.
Contact: Cathy Retter
Phone: (07) 4093 9926
Address: PO Box 494, Kuranda QLD 4881
Meetings: First Wednesday of every month
North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC)
NQCC operates an education program, provides its members with a regular newsletter and campaigns on environmental issues.
Phone: (07) 4771 6226 / 0428 987 535
Address: PO Box 364, Townsville Qld 4810
Meetings: Executive meets twice monthly general meetings held six times a year.
Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998 by providing opportunities for individuals and businesses to Protect Rainforests Forever. Our projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity. Through our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project and our Daintree Plant a Rainforest we are protecting and restoring the ecological integrity of the Daintree Rainforest. As the oldest rainforest on Earth the Daintree contains exceptional levels of biodiversity and is of international conservation importance.
Phone: 1300 763 611 or 02 6684 4360
Rainforest Trust Australia
Rainforest Trust Australia is a non-profit organisation working to protect threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife in Australia and around the world. Our activities in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest are based at Benella Rainforest Reserve where we have a plant nursery that supports ongoing rainforest restoration projects. We are seeking volunteers to help add to the 100,000 trees we've planted so far that reestablish habitat for the Cassowary and other wildlife. Come along to our weekly plant propagation days or register to participate in regular tree planting days. We have three cabins on the property that provide accommodation for volunteers wanting to contribute for longer than one day.
Contact: Adrian "Golly" Watson
Phone: 07 4098 9192
Address: 2274 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan QLD
Centre: Benella Rainforest Reserve 2274 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan QLD
Meeting: Weekly, every Thursday 9am - 12 noon
Sea Turtle Foundation
Sea Turtle Foundation works to protect turtles and address threats to them. They achieve their aim through education, monitoring, research support and advocacy.
Contact (Townsville): Gitte Kragh - (07) 4721 2699
Contact (Cairns): Johanna Karam - 0434 259 129
Address: PO Box 1190, Townsville Qld 4810 or PO Box 578, Cairns, Qld 4870
Tablelands Frog Club Inc
These enthusiastic frog fanciers promote conservation and public awareness by producing an informative newsletter, holding a yearly Frog Festival, arranging specialist talks at meetings and promoting the building of frog ponds and frog friendly gardens.
Contact: Beryl Davidson
Phone: (07) 4096 6556
Address: Mailbag 71, Yungaburra 4872
Memberships: $10 single, $5 child, $15 family
Meetings: Every second month
Tablelands National Park Volunteers
The volunteers are based on the Atherton Tablelands, and conduct a wide variety of activities in the local national parks.Public activities include guided spotlighting and bird walks, hosting public talks on environmental topics and running nature based kids’ activities, environmental weeding and threatened species research projects. Park-based activities include weeding, tree planting, cleaning up rubbish and assisting with research on flora and fauna.
Contacts: Alan Winlaw (0459 442 227) / (07) 4096 3216 (Terry) / (07) 4097 2426 (Angela)
Address: 83 Main St, Atherton, Qld 4887
Memberships: $10 to join, $5 per year
Meetings: Last Thursday of the month
Tolga Bat Rescue and Research
Tolga Bat Rescue and Research works for conservation of bats and their habitat. THeir main activities centre around the Bat Hospital with the rescue of over 1000 bats each year, and the Bat Hospital Visitor Centre that provides community education about bats. Our flagship species is the Spectacled flying fox, an important seed disperser and pollinator in the Wet Tropics and beyond.
Contact: Jenny MacLean
Phone: (07) 4091 2683
Address: PO Box 685, Atherton, Qld 4883
Memberships: $10 active members and $20 associate members.
Treeforce's motto is to plant the right tree, at the right place, at the right time. Treeforce is a community-run tree planting group who gets together for revegetation activities around Cairns every second Sunday throughout the year. Recent plantings have taken place at Redlynch, along Freshwater Creek, and along the Barron River in Stratford.
Phone: 0435 016 906
Address: PO Box 74, Stratford, Qld 4870
Memberships: $10 single, $15 family
Meetings: First Monday of each month, regular weekend tree plantings.
Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group
The TKMG was formed in 1997 in response to the heightened awareness of the destruction of tree kangaroo habitat and the apparent lack of knowledge about Australia's largest arboreal mammal. The group is also interested in other FNQ mammals under pressure including the Yellow-bellied Glider, Tropical Bettong, Spotted-tail Quoll and Musky Rat-kangaroo and the impact of introduced animals. TKMG continues to address issues that impact on the populations of mammals in the region including wild dogs, roadkills and fragmentation.
Contact: Noel Preece
Address: PO Box 1409, Atherton Qld 4883
Meetings: First Thursday of each month, 7:30pm, Malanda Hotel
Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands Inc. (TREAT)
TREAT is a community-based tree planting group, currently with in excess of 500 family members, originally established in 1982. TREAT produces a quarterly newsletter for members, manages several projects supported by grants from several sources including the Natural Heritage Trust, works with government agencies, schools and landowners and holds monthly field days and regular tree planting sessions.
Contact: Doug Burchill
Phone: (07) 4095-3644
Address: PO Box 1119, Atherton Qld 4883
Meetings: Working bee every Friday from 8 am to noon at the Centre for Tropical Restoration at Lake Eacham.
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WOSQ) - Townsville branch
Townsville WPSQ is part of a network of branches of one of the state's oldest environmental groups. Townsville branch has an education program with public meetings, monthly field trips and a monthly newsletter. Members are also active campaigners with a current focus on conservation issues.
Contact: Jane McLean/Russell Cummings
Phone: (07) 4778 8474 (Jane)
Address: PO Box 857, Aitkenvale, QLD 4814
Memberships: $30 adults, $20 concession, $12.50 juniors, $45 household
Meetings: Third Wednesday of the month
Magazine: Wildlife Australia Annual Subscription $33.00 p.a.
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (FNQ branch)
Formed originally in 1972, this branch was the first FNQ wildlife group established in the Cairns area. The group expects its early focus to be on habitat preservation, crocodiles, flying-fox counts, cassowaries and other endangered species, marine species and other issues on the Atherton Tablelands and coastal areas from Cairns northwards. New volunteers and members are welcomed.
Contact: Peter Smith
Phone: 0428 761 286
Address: 18 Mahogony Street
Ingham QLD 4850
Memberships: $30 adults, $20 concession, $12.50 juniors, $45 household
Meetings: Third Thursday of each month