Environmental groups in Nillumbik

As part of developing our Climate Action Plan, we will be continuously profiling community groups in Nillumbik who are responding to climate change by taking action in the Shire. If you'd like to be profiled send us an email at environment@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

The Edible Hub

The Edible Hub community garden in Hurstbridge is an inclusive space for people to connect and learn about topics of food growing, community resilience, and sustainability. Our volunteers are in the garden every Thursday at 9.30am for an informal catch up and low-energy gardening session, at which anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.

The Edible Hub runs a twice monthly food swap and Food is Free table designed to increase community access to healthy homegrown food and reduce the amount of food-related waste going to compost and landfill. Anyone in the community can come along to a swap or take from the Food is Free table, and you don’t need to contribute anything or leave items in exchange. We also maintain one of the Home Harvest seed libraries, from which people are encouraged to take seeds, grow the plants, and then collect seeds to donate back to the library for others to share. Saving locally grown seeds makes for stronger plants adapted to the local climate, which makes for an overall more resilient food system. 
Finally, the Edible Hub has recently partnered with two members of the Women’s Leadership and Connections Program to start a monthly repair café at the Hurstbridge Hub. At the repair cafe, volunteer fixers perform simple repairs on all kinds of everyday items that would otherwise be thrown out and sent to landfill. Attendees sit with the repairer while they talk you through what they're doing, making it a place to have a chat, meet new people, and learn valuable DIY skills that can save money and reduce waste.

Edible Hub Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EdibleHub/
Email: ediblehubgarden@gmail.com

Nillumbik War on Waste

"Nillumbik War on Waste began during Plastic Free July 2019 when a group of friends concerned about the plastic waste crisis got together to ‘do’ something.

NWOW’s purpose is to bring together community, business and local government and provide a value proposition to change practices. Members collected signatures for a petition to Council to phase out single use plastic from Nillumbik by 2021. The petition was tabled at A Nillumbik Shire Council meeting and referred internally for review. Council then endorsed a motion in June 2021 to phase out single use plastics in Council operations and events

From time to time NWOW also pop up in local shopping centres to sing their war on waste song and hand out boomerang bags. Look out for the big bananas!  You can find out more at the Nillumbik War on Waste Facebook page"

Facebook page: Nillumbik War on Waste | Facebook 

SHIFT (Sustainable Hurstbridge: Ideas for Transition Inc.)

"SHIFT is a group of Hurstbridge locals who are passionate about promoting a more resilient and ecologically sound way of living in our local community. Our aim is to challenge modern lifestyles that foster individualism, stress, and consumption, and show people that sustainability isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also a fun, healthy and rewarding way to live.

We host self-sufficiency workshops that teach practical hands-on skills, and run campaigns on important topics like community recycling and shopping locally. One of our main aims is to create a bank of community sharing resources that can help to support, inspire, and connect locals to live more sustainably. SHIFT is collaborating closely with the Edible Hub community garden on a range of new community initiatives, so stay tuned for what’s on by following our Facebook page and website."

Facebook page: facebook.com/shiftinc.org.au
Website: shiftinc.org.au
Email: contactus@shiftinc.org.au

North East Region Permaculture

NERP is a network of over 100 people from Melbourne’s northeast suburbs who are dedicated to living more sustainable, productive, and fulfilling lives through permaculture. Permaculture folk are guided by three simple ethics: care of the earth, care of people, and fair share. For NERP, living sustainably isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. NERP regularly organise tours of members’ gardens that demonstrate the many ways local people are growing food, conserving energy, and sharing resources with friends and neighbours.

Email: nerp@fastmail.com

Website: nerpermaculture.wordpress.com/

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/NERPermaculture

Local Food Connect

Local Food Connect (LFC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer community group which is working towards re-localising food production and supply systems.

Based in the north-eastern region of Melbourne, they encourage, support and promote events, actions and enterprises to put your food back into your control.

Local Food Connect website
0416 203 067

Warrandyte CAN (Climate Action Now)

Warrandyte CAN communicates the urgent need to take action on climate change, raise awareness and empower people to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact Wayne Rankin on 9844 1959.

Yarra Riverkeeper Association

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is a not-for-profit community organisation formed in 2004 by a group of citizens who love the Yarra River and care for its future. Its aim is to protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries, from source to mouth, for current and future generations.

More information about the association and how you can become involved can be found on its website as well as the publication "Yarra Riverkeepers - A Voice for our River".

Yarra Riverkeeper Association website
0434 892 772

Victorian Frog Group

The Victorian Frog Group aims to provide for the needs of all those interested in Australian native frogs. They aim to facilitate education and conservation through encouraging a close contact with nature. They have a diverse membership with people including those with a general interest in frogs, gardeners, naturalists, teachers, pet owners, zookeepers, zoologists, research scientists and university academics.

The group offers a unique opportunity for you to meet people with similar interests, get to know more about frogs and get involved in the many exciting activities that are coordinated by the group. Whatever your interest in frogs, you'll find it at the Victorian Frog Group. 

Victorian Frog Group website
9742 3764

Clean Energy Nillumbik

Clean Energy Nillumbik (CEN) is a volunteer-led community group committed to accelerating the transition to renewables in the green wedge shire. CEN started in 2017 with a strategy to have 100 per cent of Nillumbik’s buildings powered by renewable energy by 2028. If you are interested in becoming a member of Clean Energy Nillumbik or you would like to receive news updates, email secretary@cleanenergynillumbik.org.au

Clean Energy Nillumbik website


Waterwatch is a free river health education and monitoring program which aims to increase community understanding, participation and ownership of local river health issues. It involves schools and the community in the assessment and monitoring of water quality in our streams and wetlands. Our Waterwatch team provides talks on freshwater ecology to schools and groups, provides free training and events and co-ordinates the volunteer monitoring program. 

Joining Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne is free and by becoming a member you join a network of people committed to improving and protecting the health of our waterways. Membership entitles you to:
  • Information on Waterwatch activities in your local area
  • Regular updates and newsletters from your local Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne Coordinator 
  • Invitations to attend Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne events
  • Information on the health of your local waterways
  • Meet others who are interested in protecting and improving the health of our waterways   
  • Become a Healthy Waterways Waterwatch Melbourne monitor, regularly water testing a local waterway. All training and equipment is provided.

For more information contact Tiana Preston, Waterwatch Coordinator, Melbourne Water on 0457 522 350 or Tiana.Preston@melbournewater.com.au .