This page contains information about how you can get involved in caring for the environment in your community.
You dont need to be a landholder - you could be living in a town house in the city. But there are ways we can all contribute in caring for the environment and living sustainably.
This will ensure future generations will benefit from our choices.
It might be volunteering with an environmental group, reading about how to use water more efficiently in the home, which native plants to use in the garden or being inspired by a story in our newsletters and publications.
You can make a difference - No contribution is too small. There is something for everyone of all ages, abilties, skill level and time availability.
Spend some time looking through the information in the left hand navigation pane.
5 ways you can make a difference to your local community and the environment.
1. Have a go! Get involved and volunteer:
There's more to environmental volunteering than just planting trees (though that is great fun). You could assist in reasearch or monitoring, writing a newsletter, organizing the bbq, making a website, rounding up tools, collecting water and soil samples, designing a boardwalk and so much more. You could be involved in a big project or a small project that is part of something bigger. Contact one of our local community groups or visit the volunteer opportunities page.
2. Keep educated, informed and up to date:
The old addage "knowledge is power" is very true. Whether you have been interested in the environment your whole life or just developing an interest, it is important to gain understanding, knowledge and insight. What you learn may not only change your attitudes and behaviour to the environment but you may be able to assist others. Sign up for an e-newsletter or mailout, attend a workshop or information night, keep up to date with funding oppportunities, visit some websites and find opportunities or groups that interest you.
3. Protect, connect and restore habitat:
Starting with your own backyard or farm you can plant local native seedlings, build a frog pond, fence off wetland areas and trees, grow a vegetable garden, plant vegetation that supports native animals and birds, try to avoid killing creatures such as snakes and lizards, reduce your reliance of chemical sprays, connect pockets of bush with native corridors and much more. Click here more information on biodiveristy and Habitat.
4. Protect our waterways:
Water is vital to this region for evironmental and ecological reasons but also for our lifestyle and industries. Whether it is wetlands, stormwater, the blue lake or oceans, we all have a role to play in protecting our water. This can be as simple as turning of taps properly, fixing leaking washers, water efficient showerheads, not pouring chemicals or placing rubbish in our water and drain systems and enhancing wetland and swamp areas on our properties.
Click here for blue lake water care
Click here for our wetlands guide
Click here for our page dedicated to water including water allocation plans, irrigation and water affecting activities.
5. Get out and explore our region!
Take a walk in a national park, visit an environmental feature, go camping - see what amazing discoveries you can find in the South East and be in awe of the beauty and diversity of where we live. If you have questions or want to know more about something you saw then get in touch with one of our community groups or contact us.