We greatly value the contribution that our volunteers make to our environment and the amenity of the parks and reserves within the Yarra Ranges. Without the involvement of our volunteers, maintaining our open space network and the community connection to these spaces would be considerably more challenging.
In order to ensure we create a healthy space for our volunteers, Council staff and the broader community to engage, it is important that there is a common understanding of expected behaviours.
We have developed an Environmental Volunteer Code of Conduct to establish what we can expect of each other. Our Code of Conduct sets out the standards and behaviors that must be demonstrated by the following people appointed by, or representing, Yarra Ranges Council (Council), and is in line with similar Codes of Conduct in place for Council staff and Ward Councillors:
- Volunteers with Council, including volunteers from Friends Of Groups, Landcare Groups and any other Environmental Volunteers
- Work experience students or graduate placements who perform work for Council
Unless stated otherwise, a reference to, ‘you’, ‘your’ or ‘we’ in this document indicates all of the people listed above.
To ensure we are meeting our obligations to provide a healthy environment for all users of our open space network, all volunteer groups will need to sign the code of conduct as a condition of volunteering, and to ensure ongoing Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance can be provided by Council.
Please familiarise yourself with the Environmental Volunteer Code of Conduct and the Environmental Volunteer Guidelines, so as to ensure you are acting in accordance with these documents when conducting works on Council owned or managed land.
Advice and assistance is always available, so please don’t hesitate to contact Yarra Ranges Council’s Parks and Bushland team should you require any further information or clarification regarding your obligations under the Code of Conduct.