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Council thanks environmental volunteers

Published on 10 January 2018

Environmental Volunteers

Council has thanked more than 500 environmental volunteers for their tireless work in maintaining and improving Yarra Ranges’ green spaces throughout the last year.

At Council’s 12 December meeting, Bushland Coordinator Melissa Carmody and Environmental Volunteer Support Officer Jen Ellison presented a video, showcasing the hard work of volunteers across the Yarra Ranges.

The video features interviews with members of different environmental groups, such as the Southern Dandenong’s Landcare Group, and Council staff.

The video also contains footage of Coldstream Primary School working to finish off a wetland frog bog area at Margaret Lewis Reserve.

The frog bog project involved students installing 500 plants, complementing 3500 planted by Green Army volunteers and rock installations from Boral, paid for by Council.

Watch Council’s Environmental Volunteers video here: 

“Children love to get their hands dirty, they love to get their feet wet and learning what their local environment’s got in it,” Friends of Margaret Lewis Reserve volunteer, Mal, said.


“I think it’s probably one of the most important parts of anyone’s education, learning to love where they live.”

Ms Ellison said there were 77 friends of and landcare groups in the municipality with more than 500 members, who put in about 50,000 hours of volunteer work each year.

“There are many benefits to volunteering including increased physical and mental health, social interactions and the feeling of making a positive impact,” she said.

“This video is a fantastic showcase of the work our volunteers do, and it highlights the way Council supports them.

“I hope residents watching it will consider signing up to an environment group in their area.”

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Len Cox, thanked the municipality’s volunteers and congratulated them for their work throughout 2017.

 “We’re very grateful to our environmental volunteers, our landcare people, our friends of groups and our outdoor staff,” Cr Cox said.

“You make this municipality of ours a much greater place to live in and I look forward to working with you through the coming year.”

Click here to sign up to an environment group in your area.


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I am trying to create an organic self sustaining environment around my large native bush garden of Eucalypts, grasses, water plants, and their protected inhabitant insects, birds, frogs,skinks, stick insects bracken and ground cover. I have recorded frog calls from my many breeds of large and tiny frogs and have sent sick frogs for autopsies to Healesville sanctuary and have attended Yarra Water Frog forum last year. No one seems interested and Council workers continue to spray weedkiller and insecticides. I obtained Honours in Biology, Zoology, Botany, Horticulture etc at Melbourne University And Burnley Campus and won a major prize at a Science Talent search in Melbourne on the "Natural control of pests" and worked at Walter &Eliza with Sir McFarlane Burnet& Gus Nossal etc studying mosquito born diseases in Murray Valley so could advise current environmentalists. R J Horton 24 Taylor St Lilydale 3140

Rosemary Courtier | 13 January 2018 07:33 AM | Report to moderator

Macclesfield Landcare focuses on environmental outcomes on members own land. These outcomes cover a full range of conservation and small scale sustainable agriculture action with educational and on ground activities. Conservation activities such as planting native vegetation and wildlife monitoring with sustainable agriculture activities around soil, weeds and pest animals have been held recently. We also act as a conduit to granting bodies supporting members to get funding support to implement environmental works on their own property. We welcome members from outside our geographic area who share the same interests. Join our facebook page to find out about our events.

Ron Sawyer, President, Macclesfield Landcare | 15 January 2018 08:56 AM | Report to moderator

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