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(PDF, 888KB).

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 



  • Friends of the Eyrie Reserve
    Fourth Sunday of every month – Commencing 28th March 2021 (Dependant on COVID restrictions) 10am - 12pm
    Zig Zag Rd access (opposite number 96 Zig Zag Rd)
    contact  Jennifer Willshire 0415332723






Kangaroo Ground






Shire wide


Smiths Gully




Wattle Glen


Further information

Contact Environmental Works Unit on 9433 3184.