2023 ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY STALLS

COMMUNITY GROUPS PROVIDING DISPLAY AND INFORMATION STALLS
City of Yarra Biodiversity Team
Felix Botanica
Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Friends of Darebin Parklands
MCMC and Friends of Merri Creek
Reconciliation Victoria / Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
Yarra River Keepers
 
COMMUNITY GROUPS PROVIDING FOOD & BEVERAGE STALLS AND ACTIVITIES
1st Alphington Scouts
Alphington Bowls Club
Alphington Community Centre
Country Women's Association of Victoria Inc - Alphington Branch
 
FIELD NATURALISTS CLUB OF VICTORIA
The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc. is Australia's oldest natural history group, established in 1880. It offers a wide choice of activities, events, field trips, guest speakers with expert knowledge, learning experiences and opportunities to contribute to scientific knowledge of nature and our natural environment. The Club is organised into 9 smaller Special Interest Groups (SIGs), catering for beginners to experienced naturalists. These SIGs offer a great opportunity for members to learn about specific areas of our natural world. Members of all age groups are welcome at any time throughout the year and are able to attend activities across all the SIGs.
For more information, visit our website: www.FNCV.org.au
CITY OF YARRA BIODIVERSITY TEAM with FELIX BOTANICA
The Biodiversity Team at City of Yarra manages 38 conservation bushland sites across Yarra. These bushland sites make up over 40 hectares of open space and include many sites of cultural and natural significance that are valued by the community for recreation and providing habitat for the wildlife we love sharing our city with. Yarra has a partnership with Felix Botanica, an organisation that specialises in looking after native bushland, and together they look after these sites. The Biodiversity Team and Felix Botanica will share their passion for our bushland spaces with the community through nature displays including indigenous plants of Yarra, and bird and bat boxes, and a self-guided interactive tour of the wetlands. You can visit them to borrow a pair of binoculars to explore the wetlands with and to pick up a copy of Yarra's new Gardens for Wildlife booklet.
FRIENDS OF DAREBIN PARKLANDS
We work to protect, improve and advocate for the bushland character of the Darebin Parklands, maintaining it as a wildlife haven and a place to appreciate nature.
We assist in controlling and - where possible - eradicating introduced species, via activities such as hand weeding.
We offer many opportunities to learn about and care for the park, including our long-running Thursday planting and weeding group and community Park Care Days, our fun and educational Junior Ranger Program, and meetings and events with guest speakers.
For further details visit https://www.fdp.org.au/
YARRA RIVERKEEPERS
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association was founded in 2004 by a group of passionate community members who were keen to see river protection measures in place. Since then, the organisation has grown to focus on river advocacy, research and education. The Yarra Rivekeeper Framework is built around our motto: 'Our Yarra, healthy, protected and loved'. Our aims are to protect the Yarra from mouth to source, to revitalise the river and to foster love for the river by current and future generations.

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association speaks for the Yarra, Melbourne's own beautiful, resilient, iconic River. The Riverkeeper boat is permanently moored in the Yarra and patrols the River.

"We advocate for the River: for green spaces, for water quality, for biodiversity, for the birds, animals, insects and reptiles along the River, for good planning decisions, for the tributaries, for the parklands, for appropriate recreation; and for an understanding of our river and its role in the life of the city of Melbourne. We lobby governments and we educate the community. We tell the story of the River." - Andrew Kelly, Yarra Riverkeeper

https://www.facebook.com/YarraRiverkeeper/
MCMC AND FRIENDS OF MERRI CREEK
Friends of Merri Creek are a volunteer community group, active since 1988, helping to transform the Merri Creek in northern Melbourne from a weed-infested drain to a bushland haven. Merri Creek Management Committee Water Watch raises knowledge in the community about catchments, aquatic flora and fauna and waterway pollution issues. Waterwatch supports the community to undertake water quality monitoring through community engagement, citizen science infrastructure, training in freshwater ecology and provision of equipment.
Australian Conservation Foundation Inner Melbourne
Australian Conservation Foundation Inner Melbourne is a volunteer community group advocating for stronger national environment protection laws and action to mitigate the causes and impacts of global warming. We support the native revegetation projects of Melbourne Girls College, run local events to promote our campaigns and join in with other local groups to promote community awareness of positive environmental actions we can all take. We base our activities within a deep respect for the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.
Reconciliation Boroondara
The Boroondara Reconciliation Network (BRN) is a volunteer unincorporated association, established in 2017 following Boroondara Council's decision not to renew its Reconciliation Action Plan and to cease stating Acknowledgement of County at Council meetings (now both reversed). BRN is the successor to Boroondara ANTaR, which provided long-term leadership in Reconciliation. BRN seeks the approval of the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, for all its plans and activities.