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Landcare & Friends groups

What is a Friends Group?

Friends groups are local residents who work together to help conserve a particular reserve or species of native plant or animal. There are hundreds of friends groups state-wide helping to conserve and restore Victorian parks. Every group is independent and autonomous but do work closely with Yarra Ranges Council and other agencies to help achieve their objectives.

What are Landcare Groups?

Landcare is a national network that harnesses individuals and groups to protect, restore and sustainably manage Australia's natural environment and it's productivity. With over 6000 groups nationwide, there is sure to be a group local to you. For more information visit the Landcare Australia website.

The Yarra Ranges Landcare Network can link you to your local landcare groups and members. Visit the Yarra Ranges Landcare Network website here.


How to Join a Group

Joining a group is a wonderful opportunity to network and connect with your local community.

Yarra Ranges Council provides support to more than 65 environmental volunteer groups, so its likely that you have a group nearby. Groups are always looking for new members, view the environmental volunteer group locations (PDF, 6MB).

You can establish your own group. All you have to do is get together with some like minded people and contact the Environmental Volunteer Support Officer on 1300 333 368. For more information on forming a group and/or becoming a volunteer please view the Environmental Volunteer Resource Kit.

The Environmental Volunteer Support Officer aims to support and strengthen groups and volunteers through the provision of events, resources and training aimed at raising community awareness of environmental values.

For more information on starting or joining a Friends or Landcare Group contact Environmental Volunteer Support Officer on 1300 368 333 or email


Hardware Vouchers.

We have $40 hardware vouchers available to groups. The vouchers are valid at Launching Place Hardware and Mitre 10 Monbulk. We do require that vouchers be collected from the Lilydale link. If you would like to apply for a voucher please fill out the form below.

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Resources for Friends and Landcare Groups