The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators was established in 1986, out of concern for the continuing survival and integrity of bushland and its dependent fauna. Our aim is to promote the study and practice of ecological restoration, and foster and encourage effective management of natural areas by qualified people, based on sound ecological principles. We seek new members and friends to help promote good work practices in natural areas, strengthen our industry, and network with like-minded people.
The activities of AABR and its members are motivated by a deep sense of respect and awe for the complexity, intrinsic values and beauty of locally adapted ecosystems, many of which persist and flourish in every location of the globe. Such ecosystems represent aeons of evolutionary input and encompass living components (plants, animals, microorganisms) as well as non-living components (soils, water and climate) and their interactions. This motivation translates as a desire to see such ecosystems conserved in perpetuity – and brought back to health when they are degraded by human impacts.
AABR is an association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1984 [NSW]. It has a committee of volunteers, and several hundred members and subscribers from all over Australia.
AABR’s Aim and Objects
The Association’s aim is to foster and encourage sound ecological restoration and management practices by qualified people, while emphasising and maintaining the pivotal role played by natural regeneration.
The Association’s Objects are:
- To promote and advance the study and sound practice of ecological restoration while emphasising the role of natural regeneration as a goal, mechanism (where possible) and ultimate measure of success.
- To promote, establish and maintain a suitable standard of practice by both paid and volunteer practitioners, managers and planners engaged in the ecological restoration and management of natural areas.
- To establish and implement an accreditation system for bush regeneration practitioners and, where needed, practitioners of other ecological restoration activities.
- To strive to engage with all levels of government to promote the sound management of natural areas
- To encourage the sound management of bushland and all natural areas by land managers through their development and implementation of ecologically based policies, strategies and plans of management for natural areas.
- To foster education, research and any other means of advancing knowledge in bush regeneration and any aspects of ecological restoration that AABR may think desirable.
- To institute and arrange lectures, seminars, symposia and demonstrations on pertinent subjects and, in general, provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of information relevant to the pursuit of ecological restoration and bush regeneration.
- To demonstrate publicly the contribution of ecological restoration and bush regeneration to the continuing benefit of natural areas and human welfare, and to serve the public need for knowledge and experience in all areas in which these fields are relevant.
- To print or publish any periodicals, books or papers that AABR may think desirable for the promotion of its objectives.
- To foster equitable working conditions and recognition of the skills and status of ecological restoration practitioners and bush regenerators.
What does AABR do?
- Works to develop the profession of bush regeneration and improve pay scales for people working in the industry by developing competency standards, undertaking projects to improve working conditions and encouraging improvements in industry practices.
- Manages a web site, with information about the Association, bush regeneration, news and current events, a Bulletin Board and a help page for requests for information about bush regeneration.
- Publishes 4 newsletters each year, with articles from around the country, details of upcoming AABR events and information of interest to bush regenerators.
- Conducts a series of seminars, workshops and field trips each year in Sydney and the Regions. Details of these are published in the newsletter and web site and circulated through our email list.
- Members assist on a technical basis for a number of external projects such as the development of Best Practice Guidelines for Bush Regeneration on the Cumberland Plain and Genetic Provenance Protocols.
- Organises bush regeneration displays at events such as environmental fairs and the Royal Easter Show.
- Sponsors and presents two annual awards for Bush Regeneration students, the Beverly Blacklock Prize at Ryde TAFE and the Mark Foster Memorial Award at Central Coast Campuses of TAFE.
- Assists State Government in assessing grant applications.
- Runs an accreditation system for bush regeneration practitioners, with 14 assessors covering 6 regions of NSW and QLD.
AABR has official or defacto membership on a number of external committees, such as:
- Greening Australia NSW
- Volunteer Coordinators Network, and the
- Nature Conservation Council (NSW) Urban Bushland Committee
The Constitution was first registered in 1986 on the incorporation of AABR. A major revision was made in 2013 and passed by members at the 2013 AGM. In September 2017 two new clauses were included to cover the association operating as a non-profit and a winding up clause.