HOPE Office News

Office News June 2020

Good morning folks.

A huge thanks to all of our volunteers for contributing articles and other items for our website, newsletter and social media. Your efforts and on-going commitment to the HOPE organisation is much appreciated.

As the financial year draws to a close, we look forward to pursuing grant opportunities to undertake new and interesting projects for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135, www.hopeaustralia.org.au



Welcome to June 2020,

It’s a big month with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day – both with online events and activities to participate in, as we continue to face limitations on social gatherings. We may be physically apart, but we can still raise our voices together for nature and push to accelerate ambition to protect biodiversity.

Once again, we feature a good cross-section of articles from our volunteer researchers.

Lastly, this month’s Office News welcomes everyone’s thoughts for June’s meeting (13th) on campaigns, events, and projects – what should HOPE be involved in for the remainder of 2020 as well as 2021.

Daniela Dal’Castel, Newsletter Editor – HOPE Inc.




World Environment Day


World Oceans Day


Global Wind Day


World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought




NAIDOC Week (postponed)


World Population Day


Schools Tree Day




National Tree Day


National Landcare Week


International Day for World Indigenous Peoples


International Youth Day

15th - 23rd

National Science Week

17th - 23rd

Keep Australia Beautiful Week


World Humanitarian Day

Office News May 2020

Good morning folks,

Please bear with us over the coming months as the country deals with the COVID-19 crisis. We do not have access to our network of volunteers and like-minded people/organisations as many are either not working or do not have access to the Internet/computers. But we will bring you as much up-to-date information as we are able to.

It's official! We're on the National “Register of Environmental Organisations” (21 April 2020). We’re now waiting on the ATO to confirm our access to Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Once our ABN has been updated by the ATO, we should be able to:

  • amend our website donations page to reflect the HOPE public fund account details (http: www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation/)
  • Initiate ‘fund-raising’ exercises – locally, state-wide and nationally
  • Search DGR eligible grants for our projects
  • Update and circulate our Sponsorship Prospectus – locally, state-wide and nationally

Please note that most of the above-mentioned items will be actioned after this financial year ends.

It is hoped that we can attract sufficient financial support to cover our operating costs – plus allow us to employ consultants and others to undertake work for us.

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135, www.hopeaustralia.org.au.

Volunteers needed

More active volunteers – both local and remote (i.e. online) – are required to help us maintain our level of activity. Volunteers are needed to help with projects, events and display activities, as well as general admin duties and media/publications, work. We invite members and supporters to step up and volunteer some time and talents to help share the workload. Current vacancies include: Researchers; Media Officers; Publications Team members; and Newsletter Editor.

Please contact the office on 07 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to offer your assistance.

A fair portion of the above work would ideally be done by locals (i.e. in the Toowoomba area) because the HOPE office is in Toowoomba. However, quite a bit of the literature review, research, media and publications activity can be done via email. If you have a little bit of time to help us in any way, then contact the HOPE office on email office@hopeaustralia.org.au or phone (07) 4639 2135.

Current volunteer positions available are:

  • Researchers – required to review and comment on a range of discussion papers, policy documents and reports provided by government departments, business and industry organisations and NGOs.
  • Media Officers – required to write media releases, event notices, date claimers and design promotional flyers/posters for projects, campaigns, events and activities
  • Publications Team members – required to write information articles for our newsletter; website summaries; and assist with the development of PowerPoint presentations and information sheets
  • Website Content Maintenance Assistant – required to perform weekly updates and routine maintenance as provided by Office Manager

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is of great benefit to the community. It also benefits you personally in a range of ways:

  • Gain work experience and develop new skills – Boost your career prospects. Update your resume with a whole new skill set.
  • Make new friendships and connections – Meet like-minded people. Create professional networks.
  • Enjoy new social & cultural experiences – be immersed in all kinds of environments, people and causes.
  • Be a part of your community – Discover, connect, make an impact and have fun. Enjoy better physical and mental health – Studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier.
  • Develop personally and build confidence – Expand yourself. Enjoy a sense of achievement and fulfilment.
  • Act on your values – Try something new. Follow your passions and interests.
  • Step out of your comfort zone – Challenge yourself in a supportive environment.
  • Stand up for what matters – Be inspired and be an inspiration.
  • Make a difference – The feel-good factor of supporting Queensland communities.

Enjoy the benefits of being a volunteer today!

To volunteer with us, please visit www.hopeaustralia.org.au/membership/volunteer-form/