Are you able to do some more to support the ecological restoration industry and protect our natural environment? That’s what AABR is all about! So can you help us by joining, volunteering or making a donation?

Volunteer with AABR

There is a lot to do and we are always looking for help. For example:

  • helping to organise field days or seminars
  • preparing content for the newsletter or website (Contact Louise Brodie newsletter@aabr.org.au 0407 068 688)
  • helping prepare submissions on issues important to the industry
  • telling bush regen colleagues about AABR, and encouraging them to join
  • joining the AABR committee
  • contacting your local sub-committee and offering to help
  • getting together with others in your region to form a local subcommittee
  • assisting with social media
  • and many more job large and small

(Note: if you are interested in voluntary bushcare work, AABR does not organise any directly but there are many wonderful organisations that would love to hear from you see our volunteer page )

Please contact AABR secretary Jane Gye secretary@aabr.org.au if you would like to talk more about volunteering for AABR

Make a donation to AABR

We have a policy of keeping our fees low, in order to be as inclusive as possible. But we do have a lot of important work to do, and need to continually raise funds. If you are able to make a donation – even a small one – we will put it to good use to support the industry and protect our natural environment.

You can donate right now via internet banking

  • Account name: Australian Association of Bush Regenerators  Inc.
  • BSB: 012 842
  • Account number: 2227 04572

Please email the membership secretary, with the amount and Transfer reference so we know why the funds have appeared in our bank account. We would also like to know your name and contact details, so we can send a receipt.    – unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of your donation.

Note: We do not have tax deductible status.

Become a member of AABR

A large membership base makes us strong and helps us financially – even if you are not able to participate at all, we value your membership.

If you are not already a member, whether an individual or a company, if you care about what we care about, step aboard!  Join here

Why do people help AABR?

Three of our active members explain why they contribute time and resources to AABR

Scott Meier, Wotton NSW
AABR committee member and bush regeneration contractor

Without healthy natural systems, virtually every human activity is a luxury. I believe this is a common understanding amongst those interested in natural systems. I am grateful to be part of the ecological restoration movement, which is dedicated to the repair, maintenance & and study of these natural systems.

As a bush regeneration practitioner, an ecological restoration contractor & AABR committee member, I am interested in the development of this movement, at every level.

The depth and widespread nature of the Australian restoration movement is likely unparalleled. I see the recent AABR seminar as a celebration of this movement — an opportunity to share information, develop new bonds and maintain contact with other Bush regenerators and those interested in theory and practice of ecological restoration. Many of us are isolated in our particular organisations or projects, and the opportunity to come together in a central meeting place allows us to share inspiration. AABR has been able to provide this opportunity.

Since 1986 AABR has provided a focal point for the Australian restoration movement, I believe it’s role in the advancement of quality restoration practice should not be underestimated.

As an individual practitioner, I view AABR as providing a voice for natural systems and their individual components. I believe these are the ongoing life support systems that support my family and myself. These ‘systems’, and the plants and animals within, also have an inherent right to co-exist with human populations.

As a bush regeneration contractor, AABR represents an opportunity to showcase some of our successful projects, and is a contact point for those wishing to engage our services or find employment.

As an AABR committee member, I am able to contribute, in some small way, to the development of this restoration movement, which is so desperately needed if we are to survive on this planet.

With ongoing support of its members, AABR will be able to stage seminars and events into the future and continue to act as a hub for bush regeneration.

Lynn Rees, Dorrigo NSW
AABR Newsletter regional editor, member of AABR Accreditation subcommittee/ Ranger NPWS

I have been a member of AABR for over 20 years. I  highly value my membership and love the newsletter. It was the one subscription I never gave up when dollars were tight. In this time I never once contributed to AABR, largely because I never thought I had anything of value to add to this great organistation and newsletter.

During the past two years I have been active in contributing mostly to the newsletter and in the promotion of tick safety. I have really enjoyed coming up with the occasional story, helping out with editing and other jobs as they have been asked of me. So I feel that I am now giving back to the organaisation to help keep it strong and grow and relevant to regional areas.

 I am also working at trying to encourage other regional members to contribute, we do great stuff out in the country. Often bush regeneration issues, and the approaches  we take  in the country can be very different to the issues faced by our city members. This became very evident when I moved from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 1997. I remember being blown away by kilometre after kilometre of monocultures of bitou bush and lantana  and wondering where do I start and how do I attack these massive issues and how to find the $$$ to start. This was very different from the work I had been doing in Sydney – often working in small patches of remnant bush land highly degraded by sometimes 100 different weed species with multiple causes for the degradation.

It made me realise that we all have a story to tell, even if we think it is boring or not high profile enough or that we are not professional or smart enough. One story that gave me great pleasure was the  hilarious take that Sue Bower took in AABR News 113, Weeds of Doom…how would you feel if asparagus invaded your habitat? I actually keep this edition on my desk to give me a regular laugh.

As a member of the editing team, we are really happy to help you develop a story. Don’t worry if you can’t spell or string a sentence together; you should see our first drafts! We really want your contributions, photos, ideas, whatever. Just email AABR to get in contact with us.

I really encourage others to volunteer to help keep AABR strong and relevant. New blood in an organisation really does make a difference and also sends a message to the committee that you value the work they do. I have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed the past two years of my volunteering and plan to keep helping. The more of us that volunteer the easier the work load is for the committee. Sound familiar?

Lynne Springett, Hornsby NSW
Bushcare volunteer

“In 1986 I began my life changing journey as a bush regenerator, the same year AABR was formed.

After many years of being on a huge learning curve while working with contractors, I am now retired & acting as a bushcare volunteer. Having a love for the natural environment & a passion for rehabilitating & conserving bushland for wildlife & future generations I find working with like minded people a privilege and a joy.

I have always found the AABR newsletters informative and an excellent forum for ideas, reports on new proven successes (and failures!), updates on specific sites and ‘a voice’ for all on any related point of interest. AABR is an essential organisation for the collation and dissemination of information of new techniques, products & equipment. The recent AABR seminar has invigorated all who attended & encouraged new membership, enabling AABR to grow and to support those committed to the restoration and maintenance of our natural environment. I believe it’s success has been due to hard work over many months by the committee & other volunteers. I am pleased to have been able to help in a voluntary capacity (albeit in a very small way) and would urge others with an interest in habitat conservation to contribute in any way they can. Remember the old saying: many hands make light work!”