Celebrating Maribyrnong’s local conservation heroes

Published on 18 May 2021


Volunteer conservation activities in our reserves, waterways and streets has returned after a pause in 2020 due to COVID-19, with many of Maribyrnong’s volunteer groups now back up and running.

Behind the scenes of our many public outdoors spaces are teams of dedicated volunteers that donate their time and effort to help keep our City beautiful.

There are over 300 volunteers across the City of Maribyrnong, and they come together to help plant, mulch and remove weeds from revegetation areas and open spaces, and collect rubbish to keep our City looking great. 

This year with their help, we aim to plant 10,000 new native plants in conservation areas, and remove over 250kg of litter.

There are a range of local volunteer groups in our municipality, and to celebrate National Volunteer Week (17 – 23 May), we would like to give a special thank you to all the members of these groups for their outstanding efforts:

  • The Green Army
  • Friends of Newell’s Paddock
  • Friends of Cruickshank Park
  • Friends of Footscray Park
  • Friends of Stony Creek
  • Friends of Maribyrnong Valley
  • Footscray Runners
  • Maribyrnong River clean up group
  • Love our streets

There are a range of upcoming working bees and planting dates in the coming months. For more information on how to take part, please contact the relevant Friends Group:

For more information on how you can get involved in these groups, please visit the above webpages or visit Council’s website: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Residents/Bins-and-waste-management/Waste-reduction-programs

Help shape the future of volunteering and civic participation 

We are seeking input from our community about ways Council can strengthen volunteering and its infrastructure to develop an integrated and dynamic model of civic participation. 

We want to hear about your experiences and perspectives on contributing and participating through volunteering and leadership to inform the draft Maribyrnong People and Participation Strategy (MPPS) that reflects and responds to our community's diversity and experience. 

Join the conversation by attending an online community workshop or visit www.YourCityYourVoice.com.au to complete a short survey.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke

Volunteers are the backbone of our City and are what make our community great.

These local volunteers help keep our waterways, parks and reserves looking beautiful all year round, and we are very appreciative of all their hard work.

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Image caption: City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke with Mia and Soleil, students from Maribyrnong College, and Maelor from the Friends of Maribyrnong Valley Group planting trees at Thompson Reserve, Maribyrnong. 

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