The Caring for Our Local Environments Initiative aims to connect community with green spaces and biodiversity, by supporting local governments across metropolitan Melbourne, to provide leadership to NGOs and community environment groups.

$1.93 million is being invested in 66 projects across all 32 eligible Melbourne LGAs, to deliver on actions in the Environmental Volunteering Plan and Biodiversity 2037.

Caring for Our Local Environments 2019 – Projects






Supporting Banyule's Environmental Volunteers aims to support existing groups through a number of initiatives including revegetation, training and networking opportunities and festival days



Bayside Community Nursery Living Museum will capture the history of environmental volunteering and indigenous biodiversity in Bayside.


Bayside Sustainable Environments Grant will provide funding to projects supporting environmental volunteering, indigenous biodiversity protection, and enhancing access to the natural environment.


Water Quality and Hollow Monitoring aims to support the work of the Bayside ‘Friends Of’ network by providing new infrastructure and resources for water quality monitoring and hollow monitoring activities.



Biodiversity for Schools will guide approximately 10 schools through the process of creating indigenous habitat gardens.


Friends of Back Creek East will be formed to manage the site for biodiversity enhancement, including hollow logs, pest eradication, weeding and planting.



Discover Taylors Creek Local schools will be targeted to assist with habitat creation along the Taylors Creek.


Habitat Hollow Creation To increase biodiversity resilience and community stewardship of the natural environment, Brimbank City Council, the Friends of Organ Pipes and La Trobe University will partner to expand their project into Sydenham Park.


Great Grasslands will promote the values of grassland reserves through an engagement program which will be delivered for communities of four key grasslands across the municipality.



Action planning for Council Friends Groups to facilitate improved long-term strategic planning for Council reserves.


Environmental educational workshop series will deliver expert seminars and workshops to Cardinia’s environmental volunteer groups.


Ragwort Action Project will bring groups of neighbours together to learn about strategies to tackle ragwort in the Cardinia Hills area of Emerald and surrounds.



Friends Group and Community Education Comprehensive conservation and land management training program for Friends of Groups and members of the community.


On-ground work supporting Friends Groups including weed control and project management.



Biodiversity grants scheme will fund community projects which aim to connect community with, and encourage protection of, biodiversity.



Habitat boxes for gardens will provide training for Men's Shed and Gardens for Wildlife volunteers in the construction, installation and maintenance of boxes.


Wildlife in Frankston City Booklets will produce a guidebook "Wildlife in Frankston City" to be made available to local residents and students.


Interactive Environmental Interpretive Devices Installation of Interpretive signs in one of Frankston's Natural Reserves that are linked to a series of video animations through QR codes. The videos are to tell the story of the reserve and can be used as a self-guided tour as well as featuring the Friends group who volunteer with regular on-ground works in the reserve.


Glen Eira

Citizen Science Glen Eira Council will fund the further development of their successful Citizen Science programme ‘Nature Next Door’.


Greater Dandenong

Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve Sensory Trail is adjacent to a newly developed visitor centre and will support education programs, activities and events that will raise awareness of biodiversity, human impacts on the local environment and local cultural heritage.


Hobsons Bay

Coastal woodland/saltmarsh rehabilitation project will work to increase habitat improvement and threat reduction, such as rabbit control and exclusion fencing as well as developing interpretative signage.



Schools for Nature - Wildlife Habitat Gardens and Citizen Science will extends Council’s popular Seedlings for Schools program, raising awareness of Hume’s natural environment, fostering nature stewardship and giving extra seedlings to students so they can connect with and protect biodiversity at home.



Schools for Nature – Schools Environment Conference Hume Council will host an Environment Conference on Thursday 17 October 2019 for school students at Broadmeadows Global Learning Centre with a view to providing a forum for students to learn from each other about positive environmental action.



Training friends group and the community - Provide at least 2 training workshops for Kingston environmental volunteers to increase their skills in areas such as plant identification and Biodiversity.


Implementation of Living Links projects on-ground works along Living Links corridor in and around Edithvale Wetlands and Wannarkaladdin Wetlands; including weed eradication and community planting days.



Community Biodiversity Ambassadors Program will focus on local partnership building and the opportunities for citizen science programs and emerging technologies and the value in harnessing local environmental champions.


Knox Nature discovery challenge! will encourage a range of participants, both local and visitors to Knox to explore, connect and celebrate the reserves they visit.



Nature Stewards in Manningham's Green Wedge will partner with Outdoors Victoria's popular Nature Stewards Program to deliver a 10 week program designed to engage local residents from diverse cultural backgrounds and educate the community on a range of Green Wedge environmental issues and challenges including preserving biodiversity, encouraging community stewardship and inspiring local actions to address environmental challenges.



Fox and feral cat control program will build understanding and capacity to monitor pest species in the urban environment.


Weed control, revegetation and community planting program We will deliver a 12-month weed control and site preparation program at the Braybrook escarpment in preparation for community planting and revegetation, culminating in a community event on National Tree Day.


Creating habitat and increasing connectivity for the Growling Grass Frog will partner with Melbourne Water and local community members, to expand the network of frog friendly habitat along our rivers and waterways.



Community caring for the changing Tarralla Creek will stimulate the formation of a community group to help care for Tarralla Creek as it changes, including monitoring how nature changes with the redevelopment.



Co-funding habitat gardens on private land will supporting private land owners and managers to deliver greening projects on their property.


Establish Gardens for Wildlife Melbourne Program will fund a project co-ordinator to support the program until community involvement is more fully established and supporting material is developed.



Eastern Australian Dryland Garden in the Melton Botanic Garden will result in the creation of a collection of plants that are suited to the environmental conditions of Melton and will support the intent and purpose of the Botanic Garden for the community.


Environmental volunteer engagement and capacity building will increase community capacity in environmental volunteering, and enhance the self sufficiency of existing groups through online materials and face-to-face workshops.


Sustainable land management training for rural communities will encourage rural landowner community to participate in a series of five seminars/workshops/field-days designed to increase their capacity to manage their land sustainably and contribute to the health of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.


Supporting community gardens will support the establishment and maintenance of a community garden in Melton South.


Moonee Valley

Caring for the Maribyrnong River Corridor: Pest animal management planning will establish a road map for pest control within the Maribyrnong River corridor.


Bling the grasslands: Community engagement including the creation of a demonstration ‘backyard biodiversity’ grassland garden to feature local species; and engaging the community to reduce vandalism within the reserve and increase awareness of rich heritage and landscape values.


Picture Posts: activating residents to discover nature scapes of Moonee Valley Project will adapt a picture-post citizen-science program for the Moonee Valley community.



Gardens for Wildlife, Moorabool – bringing the bush to the suburbs will revitalise the existing, and underutilised, Landcare shed at Rowsley to provide the community with specialised nursery facilities that will be used as a meeting place for G4W participants



Friends of Green Shoots will be part of an innovative new approach, engaging residents and families that are not currently active in environmental programs but who are interested in getting involved.


Creating bush kinder spaces in Monash recreation reserves will create and maintain bush kinder spaces in underutilised areas of recreation reserves.


Gardens for Wildlife - schools program will provide indigenous plants and expertise to local primary schools for planting activities within school boundaries. Students will be introduced to environmental volunteering.


Canopy Protection Program will educate the community on the value of retaining and increasing our existing canopy to maintain our desirable treed environment and habitat for indigenous birds and animals.



Returning the Splendid Fairy-wren to Brunswick West will establish an ongoing citizen science ecology project in partnership with the local kinder and primary school, existing waterway friends group, local nursing home and residents.


Creating an urban habitat corridor for the Upfield Line linear park will  fund community planting events, protective fencing and interpretive signage to improve indigenous habitat on Council maintained areas


Creating community connections to nature along the Merri Creek, Fawkner


Mornington Peninsula

Installation of entrance and interpretive signage will assist with the content, design and installation of new interpretive signage and the replacement of existing minor infrastructure signage.


Environmental interpretation activities will partner with community groups to undertake community engagement and awareness activities for biodiversity protection.



Devolved Community Environment Grants to deliver local projects and programs that connect people with nature, green spaces and biodiversity.


Nillumbik Gardens for Wildlife Program to protect (and attract) native flora and fauna across urban yards, and to build a network of environmental stewards.


Port Phillip

Citizen Science Biodiversity Survey & Plant Giveaway will gather flora and fauna data to assist in the development of an urban ecology strategy.



Yarra River Educational Markers will fund and develop interpretive signage/sculpture markers along the Yarra River to highlight local flora, fauna and cultural heritage.



Heaps of Hollows will incorporate the creation of hollows in appropriate trees and reserves with a before and after community monitoring / citizen science program.



Restore the Ridges The 'Restore the Ridges' project relates to cultural engagement, education and restoration of the hilly ridges of Quarry Hills Regional Parkland.


Grow for the Growlers will facilitate propagation and revegetation events along the Edgars Creek, Darebin Creek and the Plenty River. These targeted events will engage local waterways focused Friends Groups.


Nature Explorers The 'Nature Explorers' program will provide residents (particularly families) with an opportunity to be involved in a no-cost, multi-week facilitated 'nature-play' program.


Swamping Around involves a community event to be held at Tambo Conservation Reserve to provide an educational opportunity specific to floodplain areas, and an opportunity for rehabilitation works in the form of weed control and revegetation.


Bring Back the Birds will raise the profile of young people engaged in environmental restoration. This project will facilitate a multi-week propagation program for local school groups, and the Northern School of Autism.



Engaging the Community in Grassland Ecosystems seeks to connect Wyndham’s communities to the local grasslands, particularly the smaller conservation reserves within the urbanised areas.


Supporting Emerging Environment Groups will extend the successful Building Blocks program which is focused on Wyndham’s coastal area and habitat wildlife corridors by providing seed funding to deliver discreet projects.


Supporting Local Sustainable Gardening Groups will establish a small grants facility that will enable groups to improve and expand their work in the area of community gardening.


Yarra City

Bushland Urban Support Helpers (BUSH) Program will engage and involve the local community to protect and enhance the biodiversity values and conservation of the multicultural, built and natural values within the City of Yarra.


Yarra Ranges

Volunteering for people with diverse needs will deliver training packages for existing volunteer groups to build capacity and practical skills to better support participants with diverse needs, including those with a disability. The second training program will be for disability groups to be able to better access environmental volunteering.