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Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve

Cudgen Nature Reserve

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Are you interested in restoring bushland and habitats for local plants and wildlife? Volunteer for this great bush regeneration activity at Cudgen Nature Reserve, near Cabarita.

Bush regeneration, weed and pest management

Currently accepting applications.

Medium. You’ll be weeding and doing physical work. Medium level of fitness required.
Please note
  • You'll need to provide your own transport to work site
  • We'll provide a simple morning tea at each monthly working bee day
  • There'll be a barbecue sausage sizzle on the community planting days that take place throughout the year
Join up

Help protect and restore vital koala habitat at Cudgen Nature Reserve. You’ll be removing weeds and rubbish and working on fencing and bush regeneration.

A recent study indicated the small population of Tweed Coast koalas could be lost within 20 years unless ongoing action is taken. Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve works with NSW National Parks, Friends of the Koala and Tweed Shire Council on how to best improve koala habitat. Since 1998 the group has planted approximately 8,000 koala primary, secondary and habitat trees, and restored up to 12 hectares within Cudgen Nature Reserve. The volunteers also hold regular community planting and bush regeneration days.

This is a great opportunity to work with like-minded people, engage with your local community and help protect your local environment. You’ll also build your fitness and make new friends, all while doing worthwhile work.

It’s a good idea to wear closed-in shoes and long-sleeved clothing. Bring a hat, sunscreen, a raincoat, snacks, lunch, drinking water and gardening gloves. Tools and hard hat supplied. No skills or experience needed, and you work at your own pace. All training provided.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Volunteer for bushfire recovery

Following this season's unprecedented bushfires, you can register your interest to help the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Saving our Species program rehabilitate and protect our threatened animals and plants.

Volunteers planting in Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE


Saving Our Species program

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Saving our Species is a statewide conservation program that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and Australian native plants facing extinction.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH