First Friends of Dandenong Creek

Hi everyone,

FFDC has just launched its first crowdfunding campaign in aid of two skinks (one of which is vulnerable in the area); the Swamp Skink and Glossy Grass Skink.

We’re about to embark on survey work along the creek in order to ascertain their populations, and then look to improve their habitat.

We have until the 28th of October to raise $4,000. This is an all or nothing campaign, and if we don’t raise the money we get nothing from Pozible.  This is also being run in conjunction with DELWP who will match dollar for dollar the pledges up to our target.

The crowdfunding link is here:


We will be back in 2019!

The Heathmont Bushcare website is taking a short break and will return in January 2019, with all the latest news and working bee dates.  Our email address will still be monitored, so please shout out to us.

A reminder that we have three working bees left for 2019 and our Christmas Bush market will be in early December.  Details will be emailed out.

Heathmont Bushcare Calendar 2018-page-001



There are less than three weeks left to complete nominations for this year’s VEFN Best Friend Award.The award acknowledges the outstanding contribution made to the environment by volunteer members of Friends groups.

The Department of Environment, Land Water & Planning has again generously provided VEFN with a grant of $5,000 in support of the Best Friend Award. As in previous years, VEFN will provide a grant to award recipients’ groups. In 2017, Friends of Tyers Park used its grant to upgrade walking track signage. See the story (page 2) in the May edition of FriendsNET here.

If there is someone in your Friends group, who you believe shows personal dedication above and beyond the usual expectation, nominating them for this award is one way of showing how much your group values their efforts.  Nominations are assessed by an independent judging panel and will be presented at the award ceremony on 25th August. The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.

The criteria for the Best Friend Award and a nomination form can be downloaded here. Nominations are due by 5 pm on Wednesday 27th June, 2018.

Poster Competition
In conjunction with the Best Friend Award, we will again run a poster competition.  Friends groups are encouraged to submit their posters for a prize to be awarded at the Best Friend Award ceremony in August.


Attention all Heathmont Bushcare members and non-members.


Help shape the future direction of environmental volunteering programs in Victoria

Victoria’s environment doesn’t thrive on its own. Our native plants and animals need every chance to adapt and survive in a changing climate.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working with agencies, businesses, and the community to stop the decline of our native plants and animals. We encourage every Victorian to value and to connect with nature, to ensure that our natural environment is healthy and actively cared for.

We would like to hear from everyone who is contributing to this goal, or has ideas to increase participation in environmental volunteering.

If you already volunteer, we want to better understand your motivations, as well as the challenges you face.

If you have never or rarely volunteered, help us better understand the barriers that have limited your participation, or prevent you from volunteering.

To help us collect the data, we are also asking that you forward and share this survey with friends, family, colleagues and other volunteering or environmental contacts. The feedback and ideas you share will help shape support for environmental volunteering in Victoria.

The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey closes Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Click on the link below to get started.

Kind regards,

Environmental Volunteering Project Team
Environment & Community Programs| Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Level 2 /  8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002