Two Parks team members adding mulch to a garden

Sustainable Communities

Find out how you can get involved in community environmental groups and programs and learn how you can start making a difference.

Council has a range of programs targeted at improving the sustainability of our community. To visit the program pages, access them from the bottom of this page.

Get involved

Greater Dandenong Community Sustainability Advisory Committee

The Greater Dandenong Sustainability Advisory Committee was established to assist Council in the implementation of the Greater Dandenong Sustainability Strategy 2016-30. 

Current community and “friends of” groups

Community and “friends of” groups are a great way to meet new people while learning about the local environment. Friends groups are usually a group of people with a common interest in a particular park or reserve, that contribute to the parks management and maintenance. Activities can include tree planting, weed control, fauna surveys and water watch activities and monitoring. By joining a “Friends of” group you can assist in the management of significant natural reserves within the City of Greater Dandenong. You can find a list of groups below.

Useful websites

There are lots of environment websites that discuss topics like energy and global warming, water, waste, transport and air quality, and native plants and animals. You can find a good starting list below.

 

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The Greater Dandenong Sustainability Advisory Committee was established to assist Council in the implementation of the Greater

Current community and “friends of” groups

Greater Dandenong Environment Group

Formed in 1990, this group aims to increase local awareness about environmental issues. The group contributes to Council’s conservation strategy and several publications on local flora and fauna, have organised meetings, talks, walks and some social events.

Today, the Greater Dandenong Environment Group meets at the Dandenong Wetlands where they conduct bird watching activities on the first Sunday of the month at 9.30am. They also hold regular meetings and attend other general environmental activities.

For more information on the group and their activities contact Ian Kitchen on 9795 7423 or email iankitc@hotmail.com 

Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve

Get involved in guided walks, nature trails and more. Open Fridays, 9am-3pm and every 3rd Sunday of the month, 10am- 5pm. Reserve is closed during winter season (June-August).

The community can volunteer at Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve and work with staff to help maintain the beauty of the reserve.

More information:
Volunteering at Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve
Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve

Friends of Fotheringham Reserve

This group meets at Fotheringham Reserve on the fourth Sunday of every second month to conduct water testing, plant indigenous seedlings, weed control, seed collecting and nature walks.

For more information or to become a member contact Council.

Other local community and gardening groups

Greenlink Sandbelt

A community based, non-profit indigenous plant nursery
587 Heatherton Road, Clayton South (opposite Fernworld)

Open: Wednesday 9am-12pm and Sunday 11am-2pm
Phone: 0488 004 012
Email: greenlink_sandbelt@hotmail.com
Website: http://portphillipwesternport.landcarevic.net.au/greenlink-sandbelt

Springvale Gardeners Club

“Friends of” Braeside Park (Parks Victoria)

Lower Dandenong Rd, Braeside

Phone: 9265 7300
Fax: 9558 1065
Email: information@braesideparkfriends.org.au 
Website: www.braesideparkfriends.org.au

Permaculture groups in the City of Greater Dandenong

Greater Southeastern Permaculture Group
Contact Permaculture Melbourne 9513 4447 for further information on this group.

Southeastern Permaculture Group
Contact Permaculture Melbourne 9513 4447 for further information on this group.

Useful websites

Government Websites

Sustainability Victoria
www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
http://www.environment.gov.au/

Victorian Department Sustainability of Environment
www.dse.vic.gov.au

Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA)
www.epa.vic.gov.au

Climate Change and Victoria
www.climatechange.vic.gov.au

Switch On - power and electricity information and tools
www.switchon.vic.gov.au

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
http://www.ipcc.ch/

Melbourne Water
www.melbournewater.com.au

Metropolitan Waste Management Group
www.mwmg.vic.gov.au

Parks Victoria
www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Other organisations

Landcare Australia
www.landcareaustralia.com.au

Greening Australia (Victoria)
www.greeningaustralia.org.au

Australian Conservation Foundation
www.acfonline.org.au

The Trust for Nature
www.tfn.org.au

Conservation Volunteers Australia
www.conservationvolunteers.com.au

Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
http://arcue.botany.unimelb.edu.au/

World Wildlife Fund, Australia (WWF)
www.wwf.org.au

Greenpeace Australia
www.greenpeace.org.au

Victorian Environment Friends Network
http://vnpa.org.au/page/volunteer/victorian-environment-friends-network

South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA)
www.seccca.org.au

Australia Energy Foundation
www.aef.com.au