Friends groups

Most weekends, volunteers from across the Shire work together to protect our natural environment as part of one of the 22 friends groups.

What is a friends group?

A friends group is a group of volunteers with an interest in a particular park, reserve or species of native plant or animal. Members are involved in activities such as planting, weed control, mulching, plant and animal monitoring and water quality monitoring.

These groups do over 2000 hours of volunteer work in Council bushland reserves each year. They play a vital role in protecting threatened natural environments, as well as making Nillumbik, a more beautiful place to live.

Joining a friends group is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and contribute to the protection and enhancement of our significant bushland reserves. Groups are always keen to welcome new members.

If there is not a friends group in your area, you can establish your own. To set up a group talk to Council; all you will need is a contact person and a number of like-minded people in your area, along with an idea of the work that the group would like to do.

More information can be found in the friends groups brochure(DOCX, 88KB).

Local friends groups

There are a number of friends groups in the Shire. See below for your local group.

Bend of Islands

  • Bend of Islands Conservation Association, contact Sue Grad 0439 101 962  or visit website
  • Round the Bend Conservation Cooperative Ltd, contact 9712 0534 or visit website 

Diamond Creek




Kangaroo Ground


Panton Hill

  • Friends of Panton Hill Bushland Reserve System, contact Sue Penrose 9719 7468 



Shire wide

Smiths Gully


  • Friends of North Warrandyte, contact Leon Grinszpan or visit website
  • Friends of Pigeon Bank Creek, contact Alex McCullum 0448 842 222 or 
  • Coalition of Warrandyte Friends Groups, contact Alex McCullum 9844 4431 or
  • Friends of Wattle Ward, contact Fay Gravenall 9439 8961   

Wattle Glen

Further information

Contact Environmental Works Unit on 9433 3184.