The Conservation Volunteers, Rio Tinto Earth Assist Program is aimed at raising awareness amongst Western Australian secondary school students, by getting them out into the environment to explore, learn and take action for a sustainable future.


Earth Assist runs School Holiday Programs during each holiday break.  There are places still available on the April program but they are filling fast, so head to the Bookings tab, fill in your details and submit it to us ASAP to join the Earth Assist team this coming holiday.

What have we been up to?

Click here to see what we've been doing recently. 


"Wild West Australia" Photo Competition


A big thank you to all of those entries that came in for the "Wild West Australia" photo competition. The quality and diversity of the entries was fantastic and the judging was very difficult indeed. It was great to see the different views on our WA environment from the high school students across the state.

The presentation of the awards and prizes took place on Friday 12th April 2013. It was a very exciting morning and a big congratualtions to those finalists, runners up and winners in the Rio Tinto Earth Assist "Wild West Photo Competition".

The winners were Anders Ohman from Mundaring Christian College in the Wildlife category, Joel Eyre from Ashdale Secondary College in the Plants category, Charmoni Martin-Cogger from Baldivis Secondary College in the Landscapes category, and Kash Cook from Sacred Heart College in the Water category.

Our Runners up for these categories were Amy Blechynden from Brookton District High School (for both the Wildlife and Landscapes categories), Laavinya Anbalhagan from Lynwood SHS, and Sam Coten from Corpus Christi College.

A big congratulations to the other finalists for making it into the top 16. The other finalists were Emma Hogan, Imogen Bath, Jasmine Jones, Lalita Gunasagaran, Sune Minaar and Thomas Windsor. Your photos were fantastic!

A huge thanks to Rio Tinto for their substantial and much appreciated ongoing support of the Earth Assist program.


"Wild West Photo Competition" Finalists


The ClimateWatch app - a FREE app for environmental observations

The new app for recording scientific observations on your iPhone has finally arrived! There has been much anticipation for this app. Some of the Earth Assist groups have been trialing this app this year with much enjoyment and success. Now the app is available to the general public FOR FREE! To find out more and to get this app on your mobile, click here.

It has never been so easy to help our scientists with their research surrounding Climate change and our flora and fauna!

Play the online game CATCHMENT DETOX!

Learn about water catchment management and try and get a high score in ABC's Catchment Detox online game. Click here to start playing!

"On a Wing and a Prayer"

Following the protests regarding the loss of Black Cockatoo foraging trees in the City of Canning earlier this year, a documentary was released to get the public more familiar with our Carnaby's Black Cockatoos. The story follows a pair of Carnaby's as they raise a chick in the wheatbelt, as well as the role of the DEC's Senior Wildlife Investigator, Rich Dawson.

Click here to view the trailer! You can buy the full documentary at any ABC shop.


The Transition Network

Transition Network's role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. It's happening in well over a thousand highly diverse communities across the world - from towns in Australia to neighbourhoods in Portugal, from cities in Brazil to rural communities in Slovenia, from urban locations in Britain to islands off the coast of Canada.

To find out more about this exciting initiative, go to for more information.


Australian environmental news

See what's happening in your backyard and check out the articles below.


World environmental news

For all that's happening in the environment around the world check out the articles and videos below.


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 Endorsed Programs

Help the environment and earn points towards your WACE!

  • CCVES - Erosion and Salinity
  • CCV3R - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • CCVFA - Native Fauna
  • CCVFL - Native Flora

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