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Friends Groups in Knox

The Knox community has always been committed to local conservation and joining a Friends Group is a great way to meet like-minded people and join them in caring for Knox’s bushland areas and wildlife.

Knox’s Friends Groups are listed below. If you would like to find out more or get involved, why not give them a call and attend one of their many activities. For more information see Calendar of Friends Group Activities for 2020

Friends of Koolunga Native Reserve Inc.

Located off Forest Road in Ferntree Gully, this Friends Group has been established since 1994. Primarily, the Friends of Koolunga Native Reserve assist in the implementation of the Koolunga Native Reserve Management Plan and co-ordinate project mornings every second Saturday of the Month.

The Friends of Koolunga Native Reserve has developed an extensive web site that includes information on the plants and animals found in the reserve.

Phone: Kathleen Loxton on 9758 3112
Facebook: Friends of Koolunga

First Friends of Dandenong Creek, Inc.

First Friends of Dandenong Creek currently focus on the wider catchment area of Dandenong Creek and its tributaries, between the Liverpool Road Retarding Basin in Boronia to the Boronia Road bridge, Wantirna. First Friends of Dandenong Creek's objectives for this region include:

  • Improving the water quality and riparian habitat
  • Litter reduction
  • Management of environmental weeds
  • Re-establishment of indigenous floral and faunal habitat
  • Protecting the waterway from inappropriate development load

Phone: Anthony Bigelow on 0400 943 454.
Facebook: First Friends of Dandenong Creek

Friends of Knox – Blind Creek Billabong Group

Established in 2001, this group assists with the implementation of the Blind Creek Billabong Management Plan. The Blind Creek Billabong Group meet 16 times a year and conduct weeding, rubbish removal and indigenous planting activities.

Phone: Fay Rimmer on 9758 4802.
Facebook: Friends of Blind Creek Billabong

Friends of Old Joes Creek Bushland

Friends of Old Joes Creek Bushland meet every third Thursday (except January) on the corner or Market & Army Roads in Boronia.

Their aim is to:

  • Conserve and build on areas of remnant vegetation.
  • Control weeds in remnant areas.
  • Restore degraded areas.
  • Maintain and increase population of Sword Brown Grass Butterfly.
  • Protect and increase populations of endangered and vulnerable indigenous species including Pink Heath epaceris impressa, Victoria’s floral emblem.

Friends of the Glenfern Green Wedge Inc.

The Friends of the Glenfern Green Wedge formed in April 2012 and currently meet the first Sunday of every month along Ferny Creek Reserve to identify bird species as a citizen science program with Birdlife Australia, which is a great service helping us understand local native fauna of the area.

This area is a terrific extension of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Gilmour Park Retarding Basin, Glenfern Bushlands, and the Lysterfield Valley.

Phone: Johanna Selleck on 0419 107 308.

Knox Environmental Volunteers Guidelines

Knox City Council has an active community of volunteers who are dedicated to preserving our beautiful natural environment. These people are extremely important to the Knox community, and we are committed to supporting them and making sure they are safe while they volunteer.

Being part of an environmental volunteer group can also bring a range of benefits to volunteers, such as:

  • Learning more about the environment.
  • Developing a sense of community and belonging.
  • Strengthening community partnerships.
  • Making like-minded friends.
  • Having lots of fun.

To support our volunteers, we have developed a range of useful information to help environmental volunteer groups continue their tireless work in the best and safest way possible. The information is designed to cover a range of important topics including how we can support groups, the roles and responsibilities of group members, and essential information regarding Occupational Health and Safety.

The Knox Environmental Volunteers Guidelines Manual and related Appendices and be downloaded below.

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