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Useful Links

We know your Coastcare work means a lot to you, as it does to us.
As the situation continues to evolve, it is important that you stay up to date at  www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

We have collated some resources to give you more clarity on the requirements for your specific circumstances:

  • Find the latest official guidance for environmental volunteers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning at the Victorians Volunteering for Nature website.  
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has information for Victorian volunteers which you can find at the Volunteer website.  
  • For Committees of Management (CoMs) – Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Committees of Management webpage
  • For volunteers working on Parks Victoria managed land – Parks Victoria has information on their Volunteering webpage and Park Connect webpage.
  • For marine and coastal volunteers working on public land managed by another entity (i.e. not Parks Victoria or a CoM), please contact the land manager for advice.  If you don’t know who the land manager is, contact your local Coastcare Victoria facilitator for assistance to put you in touch.   
  • Official information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions is available on the Department of Health and Human Services web site www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

What can I do? Staying involved in volunteering while at home

Volunteering is a great way to stay connected with people and the environment, and we know many of you will miss your volunteering activities and networks during this period of staying at home. While we can’t do everything we normally would, there are ways to stay involved:

Hold your committee meetings online via Skype or one of the many other online tools available.  If you need help getting set up, talk to a tech savvy member of your group, a family member of your local Coastcare facilitator
Visit the SWIFT (State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams) website and participate in upcoming interactive online seminars and/or read the notes from previous seminars
Renew or develop membership or other brochures for your group/ network
Organise a regular online or phone catch up with people you usually volunteer with
Stay in touch with the Coastcare Victoria community – join or create an online community or social media account to share ideas, achievements, photos and projects
Follow Coastcare Victoria on Facebook for information about our upcoming online events
Work on a 12-month or longer strategic plan for your group or project to set yourself up for the future. E.g. document your project priorities or aspirational ideas for what you want to achieve in your local area; plan what you will focus on and what resources you will need when you re-commence activities. Landcare Victoria has a range of general information on environmental volunteering available on the Victorian Landcare Gateway including the Planning with Purpose Toolkit for information on what needs to be included in an effective plan and how to run the process.
Plan how you can attract and recruit more volunteers to your cause – Volunteering Victoria has some helpful information
Apply for grants funding - https://www.vic.gov.au/grants
Develop some ‘shovel ready’ projects which you can seek funding for when relevant grants become available
Think about how to make your volunteer group more inclusive and diverse or document the approaches you have taken and share your learnings with others
Make sure all volunteers and staff in your organisation have a current Working With Children Check, and understand Victoria’s new Child Safety Standards
Do your paperwork – review your Job Safety Plans for your activities, complete any outstanding grants reporting, update your meeting templates, update your volunteer contact list
Spring clean and service your equipment
Connect with other volunteer groups who have similar projects or challenges to you – ask your Coastcare facilitator to put you in touch or help you connect online
Make sure your details are listed and up to date on Victoria’s Environmental Volunteering interactive map and email environmental.volunteers@delwp.vic.gov.au if you need to update them
Get involved in citizen science projects- the Australian Citizen Science Association has an extensive list of projects
Sort out your photos and choose the best ones for future promotion or reporting
Subscribe to DELWP’s Marine and Coasts Newsletter
Keep an eye out for regular email updates from Coastcare Victoria with more information and ideas.
Write an article for the special 25 years edition of Coastline.  There are prizes to be won.  Find out more here.
Explore online training opportunities for your group/network members and/or the committee.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is regularly updating its Committees of Management webpage

Page last updated: 28/09/20