Volunteer Positions Available

If you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis then we have some tasks that you may like to help with. If you are interested in any of these projects, please email info@mackayconservationgroup.org.au

 

Task

Description

Hours per week

Duration

Catalogue Library Our library of hundreds of books and reports on local and global environmental issues is currently out of action. We need someone to input the book titles into an online database so that people working on campaigns and projects can find materials. 1 to 8 Ongoing
Build storage shelves We have recently had a major clean-up at the Environment Centre and have reduced a lot of clutter but we still don't have enough storage for posters, campaign materials and files. If you have some carpentry skills and would like to help us build a new set of shelving then we'd love to hear from you. Variable  One off
Media Monitoring We have a great volunteer who reads the Daily Mercury each day and selects the environmental stories for us. We need someone to go through all the collected stories and put them in a database so we can easily retrieve them in the future.  1 to 3 Ongoing
Paper Shredding Our old financial records and other out of date files were taking up a lot of room at the Environment Centre. We have a paper shredder but we need someone to feed it. An easy job that could be combined with something else.  10 2
EcoPress Editor If you have a talent for writing and would like to put together our monthly newsletter then this is a very enjoyable and rewarding job. Most of the content is prepared by the staff. Your role would be to ensure that all the content that we want people to read is included and that the newsletter is published on time.  2 Ongoing
Membership manager Over the years we have lost touch with some of our members for one reason or another. We'd like a volunteer to make contact with former members and invite them to rejoin MCG. If you are really keen then you could also assist us to improve our membership flyer and ensure it is distributed widely. 1 20
Artist The front room of the Environment Centre is now our meeting room. It would be great to have a mural painted on at least one wall depicting the marine environment. If you have the skills to undertake a task like this then please let us know. Variable One off
Gardening We need someone to select some suitable species of small plants for the garden at the back of the environment centre then ensure they are planted and maintained until they are self sufficient. We're looking for bird and/or butterfly attractors from the local area. 10 One off
Boomerang Bags Coordinator The current coordinator of Boomerang Bags Mackay has had to take a break so we're looking for someone to take over this very worthwhile community project. 3 Ongoing
Development monitor A key role for Mackay Conservation Group is to respond to development applications. While most applications that come to council are minor, there are some big ones that we should be taking an interest in. We need someone to monitor the council websites for development notifications.  1 Ongoing
Planner If you have planning qualifications then you could assist us to respond to Development Applications by identifying the planning issues that council must consider when assessing a proposal.  Variable Ad hoc
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Volunteers Needed: Submission on Burdekin Catchment Water Quality & Environmental Values

burdekin-main-report1.jpgWe're looking for a couple of volunteers to develop a submission on a discussion paper on environmental values and water quality guidelines for the Burdekin Catchment.

The Burdekin has the highest average annual volume of outflow into the Great Barrier Reef and as a result makes the largest contribution to the water quality of the reef. This discussion paper looks objectives that must be achieved in order to improve the sustainability of land use and protect the reef from impacts of land based activities.

If you have an interest in this issue then it would be great to hear from you so we can gather together a small team to work on parts of the submission. Training and qualifications aren't a necessary requirement. What we need are people who can read and comprehend a report then provide comments that reflect the environmental values of the community.

The Draft environmental values and water quality guidelines: Burdekin River Basin fresh and estuarine waters discussion paper can be found on the Queensland Government website along with a number of other discussion papers for catchments around Queensland. Submissions are due by the end of June so we need to make a start on this project soon. 

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has offered to provide us with a one hour briefing on the issue on Tuesday 30 May from 3pm to 4pm or Wednesday 31 May from 9am to 10am.

If you are interested in coming to the briefing and/or helping with the submission, please contact Peter McCallum via email peter@mackayconservationgroup.org.au 

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