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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.

26/05 2021

National Volunteer Week 17-23 May

We at HOPE would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers. As you know, HOPE is a not for profit environmental group run by volunteers. We would not have achieved the success we have without that help. We sincerely thank all our volunteers.

If you want to appreciate the impact that volunteering has on our society and our economy read the inaugural report.

As the report says "A volunteer is not your average person. A volunteer is a hero. Someone who sees beyond their own needs and places importance on the people and the world around them. It is because of the selfless acts of volunteers that our society is richer."

Visit the website: Volunteering Queensland

26/05 2021

Caring for Nature takes work!

From the carer’s point of view…

Bimblebox Nature Refuge occupies 8,000 hectares. Not huge by western Queensland measures, but to many minds almost inconceivably vast.

 Anyone who has cared for land of any size will know how much work is involved in trying to keep an eye out for new invading plants and then to try to keep them in check, year after year. Weeding, weeding, weeding…

When there is no carer, we see, for example, paddocks full of buffel grass or fireweed, and Crofton weed and lantana in overwhelming amounts in national parks and state forests. As Archie Roach sang, ‘The Australian bush is losing its identity…’

For the 22 years since the gazettal of Bimblebox Nature Refuge, it’s been mainly Ian Hoch doing that neverending work on those 8000ha. Paola is often needed on their sister property, and since 2007, greatly occupied with the fight to save the place from the coal threat. Occasional volunteers have helped, but there have never been enough.

Many who visit have offered advice on how to run or improve Bimblebox, often with grand plans, especially since that coal threat reared its head higher in late 2019.

The following thoughts and words of Ian’s express extremely well the many and varied needs of caring for the Refuge there… and why at least one other person helping would make a big difference. As Ian says, these visiting people need to see:  ‘the Bimblebox paradox – it’s everything and it’s nothing’.

‘Change comes one step at a time.’ If people can ‘…see this situation from the resident’s perspective, or at least some of it, or at least to think more about the reasons for historical failure rather than the prospects of future success. I could then say to each as they departed – rather than all the fanfare, the best way you can help is look out for that one person. Now you know how it is here and what’s missing. It’s not at all the postcard depicted by the artists and for the media or government or EDO. 

‘The missing bit is out there somewhere in the suburbs and you might be in a position to fill the gap. One person who can handle this domestic situation, and has a similar interest and has nothing better to do – that’s all we need right now, so starting today we go systematically around the property and catch the coffee senna and parkinsonia and this latest ghastly interloper with thorns to puncture a bullock hide, before they shed their 20 years worth of seed, and of course the horrid harrisia can’t be far away and with the advantage of bird dispersal in this jungle we’ll have a veritable nightmare when it arrives. 

‘After that we might even get some fencing in, secure the hotspot boundaries to avoid more strife with the neighbours, and run electric wires along roads so we can graze to reduce fire, or control burn without having the stock flog the pasture in that critical recovery phase. We might manage to rabbit proof this nursery, and make a start of thinning the century of thickening and ultimately show results to make developers everywhere wish like hell they’d never cleared their land. That’s when we arrive at the irrefutable conclusion – conservation pays, i.e., we’re far better off working in conjunction with nature than fighting with it. It’s an obvious and oft recited axiom but almost meaningless. We don’t see it around us. 

‘You have either production land or recreation land. One stripped, one struggling. Already the health and vitality from retaining diversity is becoming apparent driving around the boundary, but that’s due to the neighbours’ actions, or you might say overaction, rather than our deliberate or constrained inaction.

ox andmake the camp fully functional again for September, when the rains have come and the heath is a mass of colour. Then artists or visitors who want to come and camp and be energised and inspired by Nature at Bimblebox can do so again.

So please all think hard about whether you know someone who might be able to fill that volunteer role very soon and help Ian with this camp and other work. Caring for Nature takes work!

If you do, or may be able to volunteer yourself, please email Paola on bimblebox@gmail.com or call her on (07) 4985 3474

Guess which side of the fence is cared for?

"After the Virus" Podcast Series by HOPE Inc

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE Australia) welcomes you to a new podcast series: After the virus – talking about an innovative recovery from COVID-19 in South-East Queensland. The series is produced by HOPE in the form of interviews of between 30 to 45-minute duration. Invited guests talk about a range of ways in which our region could become more sustainable as we move to control and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flyer - HOPE Podcast series


17/03 2021



22/02 2021

World Cities Summit will go largely virtual from 21-23 June 2021

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions, the World Cities Summit (WCS), Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG) will take on different formats this year, to safeguard the safety and well-being of our participants.

WCS 2021 will adopt a largely virtual format. From 21 to 23 June, audience members will be able to dial in remotely to join our global thought leaders at the various WCS dialogues and plenaries. This is the first time that WCS will be adopting a virtual format since its inauguration in 2008, and we look forward to this allowing a larger, and more international audience to join us remotely for WCS in June.

WCS will return to the in-person format in 2022, alongside SIWW and CESG, subject to prevailing COVID-19 guidelines. The dates of the events will be announced later.

For any questions, please get in touch with us at info@worldcities.com.sg.

Thank you.

Organisers of the World Cities Summit 2021

22/02 2021

PPCA Global Summit, 2-4 March 2021

We are pleased to invite you to the Powering Past Coal Alliance’s first virtual Global Summit on 2-4 March 2021, co-hosted by the UK and Canadian Governments, co-chairs of the PPCA and aimed to boost international commitment and cooperation to shift away from coal power generation ahead of the UN Climate Summit COP26 in November 2021.

• The Summit overview is available here

• The Summit Programme is available here

• Please fill out the Registration Form here

The Summit will be the year’s largest global gathering on coal power phase-out, bringing together leaders from national governments, regions and cities, financial institutions, energy companies and grid operators, academia and NGOs, youth and health organisations to share their experiences and best practices. The Summit will also provide an opportunity for those countries where coal phase-out represents a challenge to join expert discussion on ways in which they could consider a trajectory away from coal.

The Summit will open with a high-level plenary featuring top-level public officials from across the world, discussing action to phase out coal power and announcing new commitments. In addition to the plenary, the Summit will consist of a private strategy discussion and a series of interactive public sessions, focusing on grid transformation, private finance, just transition, financing early retirement of coal plants, meeting net-zero targets and planning for future power demand.

The Summit is organised in partnership with the PPCA members and partners: the governments of Denmark, Germany, France and the Netherlands, and BNEF, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carbon Tracker Initiative, CCLA Investment Management, Just Transition Centre, National Grid, Pembina Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us at the Summit. Together, we can work to encourage the world to phase out coal and accelerate climate action in a sustainable, just and inclusive way.


PPCA Secretariat

22/02 2021

Take Climate Action

Join Communiteer to tackle the climate crisis.

Communiteer is building a new virtual community of not-for-profits, volunteers and environmentally conscious corporates on our platform to focus on Climate Action.

22/02 2021

Take Climate Action Flyer


22/02 2021

Notification from ADSA

Two wonderful reports from the Dark & Quiet Conference, supported by the United Nations Office for Outer Space, International Astronomical Union, Noir Lab.

Check it out

15/01 2021

The Story of HOPE so far...


United Nations has proclaimed 2021:

  1. International Year of Peace and Trust (A/RES/73/338)
  2. International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development (A/RES/74/198
  3. International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (A/RES/74/244)
  4. International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (A/RES/73/327)

10/11 2020

Footprint Calculator


HOPE Public Fund bank account now active and taking donations

I’m pleased to announced that the HOPE Public Fund bank account has been activated and is now taking donations.

We invite members and supporters to consider making an annual financial contribution to help cover our operating costs of approximately $20,500 p.a.

Currently, our income is derived from project grants, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship and donations, but falls well short of our requirements.

Your financial support, by donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability.


Please visit our website at http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/donations/ to make your financial donation to the financial well-being of our organsiation.

Our application to National Register of Environmental Organisations has been approved!

Great news! Our application for listing on the National Register of Environmental Organisations has been approved! Yahoo!! (21/04/2020)

And, our Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) was confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in the week ending 10 May 2020.

(See environment.gov.au/about-us/business/tax/register-environmental-organisations/listed-organisations)

We are now in a position to:

  • mount major fund-raising campaigns;
  • access a greater range of grants with DGR as a requirement; and
  • apply for corporate sponsorship.

As of 1 July 2020, HOPE members and supporters will be able to make ‘tax deductible’ donations via our website at www.hopeaustralia.org.au/donations/ - with receipts being issued on request.

The office will presently be:

  • searching the Internet for more grant funding opportunities; and
  • updating our Sponsorship Prospectus with the view of attracting funding to support our operational activities; and certain projects, campaigns, events and activities.

Yours sincerely,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135

Kitchen or Cafe Conversations

Dear friends of the environment,

HOPE invites you to host your own “Kitchen or Cafe Conversations” discussing environmental issues of concern to you.

A 2018 study released by HP (Hewlett Packard) Australia and Plant Ark, stated that 91% of Australian consumers are concerned about the environment and sustainability, although only half of consumers and businesses think they do enough in their daily lives to address sustainable solutions to climate change.

It is evident that the Australian public is motivated to adopt changes in order to lessen their impact on the environment. What we need to do now is identify opportunities on how they can do that.

Through “Kitchen or Cafe Conversations” the aim is to mobilise individual action on environmental preservation by discussing critical environmental concerns and recommending what the average person can do to address that issue.

For example, if you think replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources is a key issue that should be at the forefront of conversation, then talk about it. Discuss your ideas on how the individual can address this issue – from lifestyle changes like driving and flying less or changing what you eat and buy, to advocating for system-wide change by writing a letter to your local MP to increase government subsidies for renewable energy.

So, if after your conversations(s) you feel strongly about a particular environmental issue, please consider writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper; and/or going a step further and writing to your local government councillor and state and federal members of parliament.

At the very least, put a post on your social media platforms, to share issues and outcomes.


For more information, contact:

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

Invitation to Partner with HOPE

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is keen to link up with more like-minded environmental NGOs and others.

“Our success to date has been built on the good will of our partners,” says Mr Frank Ondrus, HOPE Inc. President. The support HOPE Inc. has received, with access to expertise and resources, has been critical to undertaking an ever-broadening range of environmental pursuits.

“Our partners include several key environmental organisations in Australia and overseas. We are committed to supporting each other”, says Mr Ondrus. The Partnership/Alliance program has ‘full membership’ and ‘associate membership’ available for those that wish to partner with us.

“Our mission is simple, yet ambitious, and we have made great gains so far. But to keep this momentum going, we need to continue building our relationships with more like-minded organisations and others”. Mr Ondrus urges everyone to get in touch at the earliest convenience, with contact details for any organisations that may be interested in partnering with HOPE Inc.

For information about the Partnership/Alliance program, check our website out here: www.hopeaustralia.org.au/home/partnershipsalliances-ngos/