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Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment

Community Environmental 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.

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 on volunteering at Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve
More information on Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve

Friends of Fortheringham Reserve

This group meets at Fortheringham 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

Senior Citizens Hall, Springvale
Phone: 9795 4204 / 9798 7416

“Friends of” Braeside Park (Parks Victoria)

Lower Dandenong Rd, Braeside
Phone: 9265 7300
Fax: 9558 1065

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.