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

Grants Program

The Community Grants Program provides opportunities for Council to work in partnership with the community for the benefit of Greater Dandenong. The Climate Change Action Grants specifically support projects that deliver climate related or other positive environmental outcomes and assist Council in their its commitment to tackling climate change. Details on the Climate Action Grants can be found on the Medium Grants Program web page.

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.

This Committee was established to assist Council in the implementation of the Sustainability Strategy.

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 

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

Springvale Gardeners Club

“Friends of” Braeside Park (Parks Victoria)

Lower Dandenong Rd, Braeside

Phone: 9265 7300
Fax: 9558 1065

Useful websites

Government Websites

Sustainability Victoria

Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Victorian Department Sustainability of Environment

Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA)

Climate Change and Victoria

Switch On - power and electricity information and tools

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Melbourne Water

Metropolitan Waste Management Group

Parks Victoria

Other organisations

Landcare Australia

Greening Australia (Victoria)

Australian Conservation Foundation

The Trust for Nature

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology

World Wildlife Fund, Australia (WWF)

Greenpeace Australia

Victorian Environment Friends Network

South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA)

Australia Energy Foundation