Now in its 10th anniversary year, The Big Lift volunteers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are returning to the Berry area this weekend to support the Berry Bush Links project.
The Big Lift volunteers will support Berry Landcare in the Berry Bush Links project by planting native trees, weeding and learning about the importance of corridors for native wildlife in the Berry area.
Local Bush Connect project officer, David Rush, said Big Lift volunteers have been providing valuable assistance with the Berry Bush Links project for the past three years.
"This year the Big Lift team will be planting over 500 native trees and helping to create vegetation linkages around Coomonderry Wetland and maintain a previous planting site near Broughton Creek" he said.
"These activities will help to provide habitat and linkages for threatened animals such as the Greater Glider, Green and Golden Bell Frog, Australasian Bittern and the Large-footed Fishing Bat."
Big Lift volunteers come from a wide range of different academic disciplines and they receive information and knowledge about local threatened species, important vegetation communities, conservation and regeneration issues.
"These activities will help to provide habitat and linkages for threatened animals such as the Greater Glider, Green and Golden Bell Frog, Australasian Bittern and the Large-footed Fishing Bat."David Rush
They get to be involved in activities that can actually make a difference for those threatened species and threatened ecological vegetation communities.
The Big Lift volunteers help towns and communities across regional New South Wales on a mission to share their volunteering movement across the country.
Founded on the philosophy of 'Pay it Forward', The Big Lift is a student-run, volunteer organisation that takes twenty students on a three-day bus trip to regional towns in Australia to complete various volunteering projects.
These include painting, gardening, cleaning, tree planting and simple construction and deconstruction tasks.
With a focus on community engagement, The Big Lift works closely with town communities to provide help where it is needed.
The Big Lift gives students a unique experience to discover how simple and rewarding volunteering is to help out the wider community.
The Big Lift is sponsored by University of Technology, University of Technology Faculty of Health, Activate Clubs, Travelsafe and ResMed while the Berry Bush Links project is funded by the NSW Environmental Trust's Bush Connect Program.
Landholders interested in funding support from the Berry Bush Links project can contact David Rush: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0418 977 402.