Funding and Hours Worked.

None Such

Funding Sources
How it works.

Our main sources of income are direct grants, volunteer hours, 'mutual obligation' hours and donations in kind.

Although volunteer hours are 'free' they have a special significance in that they allow us to show, when applying for grants, the amount of direct effort we put in. We value the volunteer hours at a market rate, currently at least $30 per hour, depending on the tasks being done: for example, higher rates are used for special skills such as quadrat monitoring, abseiling, web design and video production.

The 'mutual obligation' program requires that "unemployed job-seekers who have received an allowance for over six months . . . must supplement their job search with an additional mutual obligation activity. - such as Work for the Dole, Green Corps or other voluntary work". This program has been of great benefit to us, since we have been able to secure several workers who have been dedicated and enthusiastic: and we wish that we could have employed them full-time.

Donations in kind may be from Council, NPWS, or individuals, and are mainly equipment or chemicals. NPWS also provide skills (such as monitoring, mapping, reporting, general advice), and working day OH&S and regeneration techniques instruction by a professional bush regenerator. Their moral support should not be underestimated.

The cash value of all the above varies by year, but has averaged out at some $45,000 p.a. since 2005. To see details of funding for each year, click here.

Our main expenditures are on contractors. Contractors are trained Bushcarers, with abseilers used tp tackle inacessible areas and cliff faces.

Current Grant Activity.

Applying for grants can be time-consuming, and we wish to thank Alan Hill and Ian Burnett for all the hours they have spent in preparing applications and then following them through.

At the moment we have two grants in progress. One is for a three-year grant, the other for a six-year grant. Both are with the NSW Government Environmental Trust, and will ensure continued funding at levels comparable with previous years. We have recently applied for funding for a further three-years under the NSW Government Environmental Trust Restoration & Rehabilitation round. If successful, funding will be received in July 2015.