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Total Environment Centre
Established in 1972 by pioneers of the Australian environmental movement, TEC is a veteran of more than 100 successful campaigns. For over 30 years, we have been working to protect this country's natural and urban environment, flagging the issues, driving debate, supporting community activism and pushing for better environmental policy and practice.
TEC is a hub - a resource and support base - for environmentalists working on a wide range of issues. With our years of experience in lobbying, campaigns, media and research, we have helped hundreds of community groups in their struggle to protect their local environment. We are fearless critics of government - local, state and federal - but we will also work constructively with governments and business for positive environmental outcomes.
Take look at the different campaigns on the TEC website to find out how to get involved.
Suite 2 L1/89 Jones Street Ultimo NSW 2007
02 9211 5022
email available via website
TreeProject is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to revegetating the Victorian landscape with indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. We work with farmers, landcare groups, park authorities, government authorities and hundreds of volunteers to achieve our goals. The Re-Tree Scheme recruits volunteers from Melbourne and regional Victoria to propagate indigenous seedlings at home for farmers, landcare groups and other organisations across the state. Tree planting days are organised throughout the cooler months of the year. They take place on country farms and reserves and urban parks.
Get in touch to grow seedlings that will be planted on landholders farms, or take part in planting days. If you are a landholder, get in touch if you'd like to plant trees on your property.
Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9650 9477
Trust for Nature
Trust for Nature works to protect native plants and wildlife in cooperation with private landowners. In 1978, Trust for Nature developed conservation covenants as a way to protect native plants and wildlife on private land, and we have now protected more than 50,000 hectares through over 1,200 perpetual conservation covenants. The covenanting program has been adopted nationally with similar schemes now operating in WA, Qld and SA.The Trust has also purchased and preserved more than 55 properties across Victoria through its Revolving Fund, as well as currently owning and managing 44 properties that cover over 36,000 hectares of Victoria using a revolving fund.
Level 5/379 Collins St Melbourne 3000
1800 99 99 33
(03) 8631 5888
Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda
Veg Out is an organic, chemical free garden run by volunteers. Formerly a lawn bowling green, the land Veg Out is situated on is administered by the local council for the State of Victoria, and has been permanently reserved for public use since 1881. We have over 140 plots, where members, friends, families and community groups enjoy getting their hands into the soil. Many have little or no gardening experience, but they soon learn as advice, seedlings and friendships are readily shared. A commitment to a sense of community, conservation and organic gardening principles underpins all activities on the site. Related endeavours include the monthly Veg Out St Kilda Farmers' Market and water conservation initiatives in association with South East Water.
The first step is to getting involved is to become a Friend. This allows us to keep the gardens going and to build our register of helpers and supporters. Becoming a Friend is also the first step towards getting a plot of your own - although many Friends also elect not to have plots. Everyone is welcome to visit and come along to Veg Out events. Join in on working bees, held on the first Sunday of the month, except in January.
Vegan Australia aims to effectively promote veganism through lobbying, campaigning through the media, research, education and providing services and support to vegans including a regular newsletter and national calendar of events.
Vegetarian Victoria works to promote the health, animal welfare, and environmental benefits of vegetarianism and veganism. We provide support and up-to-date information to vegetarians and vegans and the general community and have a periodical newsletter of relevance to vegetarians and vegans. We work in co-operation with other vegetarian and vegan associations and groups in Australia and organise heaps of events including World Vegan Day, an annual ball, trivia nights, cooking and DIY skin care workshops, social get togethers and education.
Anyone can help out whether vegetarian, vegan or simply interested. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn all the latest veg information and help to make the world a more compassionate, friendlier and smarter place. We regularly have stalls at festivals and events that you can help out with, or get involved with organising our own events.
Very Edible Gardens
VEG - Very Edible Gardens offer weekend and evening courses aimed mostly at food gardening beginners. We have developed teaching styles and strategies to help fast-track people on to the road of good health and sustainability through fun workshops which mix theory with hands-on practice delivered with good humour and genuine passion. VEG run permaculture introduction courses, edible weeds walks and workshops on composting, soil, raising chickens, organic gardening and lots more. Prices range from $15 to $2,000 for a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Check out all their short courses and weed walks and heaps more stuff.
email via website
Victorian Association of Environmental Education
The Victorian Association of Environmental Education is driven by a voluntary council of elected members, which is made up of teachers, educational professionals from industry, business and education who share an interest in environmental education. VAEE promotes and supports the development of environmental education in schools and the community through its own initiatives and by encouraging and supporting individuals and groups whose goals and approaches are consistent with its own. Through environmental education, VAEE aims to help individuals develop awareness of environmentally responsible attitudes and skills a commitment to take effective action to meet environmental needs.
Check the VAEE website for opportunities for students and teachers to participate in professional development workshops and revision lectures. There is also great information on tertiary education in the environmental field.
Level 2 Room 13/150 Palmerston St Carlton 3053
03 9349 1806
Victorian Child and Nature Connection
The Victorian Child and Nature Connection acts to empower, connect and grow a movement of individuals, families and organisations who are committed to reconnecting children with nature. We are a cross-sectoral network with involvement of community leaders from the health, education, environment and community fields. It aims to link up various initiatives within Victoria that promote nature play in order to enhance child health, promote creative play and facilitate connection to the natural world.
By giving children opportunities to play outside and experience nature as an integral part of their lives, we will put them on the path to a healthy and happy future. A future in which our society values and looks after the natural systems that support and sustain all life on earth.
Take a look at the resources on the VCNC website and find out about activities happening in Melbourne.
email available via website
Victorian National Parks Association
VNPA run Victoria's largest bushwalking and outdoor activities program and campaign for nature conservation and biodiversity. While there are many reasons to protect natural areas, the VNPA has always been driven by one overriding concern for the protection of Victoria's biodiversity. It aims to do this by establishing a truly representative system of national parks and reserves in the state. With Victoria's national parks under unprecedented attack it's time to stand up to protect the places we love. Campaigns include protecting parks and other special places, marine and coastal conservation and countering urban sprawl.
Volunteer with VNPA in areas such as: overseeing VNPA operations, on Council, or on specialist committees; leading bushwalking and outdoor activities programs; campaign support and promotion; or other day-to-day administrative tasks. Join a Friends Group in your local area and help conserve reserves, natural areas, and indigenous flora and fauna. Join ParkMates, VNPA's park survey support team and help monitor the state of our park system.
Walkatjurra Cultural Learning and Education Centre
"Yamarr Kanyira" is the motto of Walkatjurra Cultural Centre it means to be the custodian of culture and traditions. We aim provide all Aboriginal people in the Northern Goldfields region with a valuable repository of cultural information, a base for culturally relevant activities such as land management, cultural maintenance, and arts-based enterprise. The Walkatjurra Cultural Centre operates three key activities, Ngalia Foundation's Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Project, the Walkatjurra Ranger Project and the Walkatjurra Art Project. The Ranger group provide opportunities for community members to undertake cultural maintenance activities, for youth to learn and for elders to promote their culture, and leads a month long walk annually across country effected by uranium mining (Walkajurra Walkabout).
We always welcome people with skills and expertise seeking an experience in outback WA and an opportunity to join us in our various projects. You can either do it officially through an organisation like Indigenous Community Volunteers or just contact us directly via email through our website.
email available via website
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country, an annual month long walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora in WA, is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country. The walk is lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers, in partnership with Footprints for Peace, Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA), the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA) and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).
Join the walk for a once in a life time experience or support the walk by contributing camp supplies or donating.
email available via website
Warburton Environment is a small community organisation that carries out education, takes guided forest walks, hosts guest speakers and art exhibitions to protect the spectacular native forests surrounding the area that are subject to intensive logging. Warburton Environment put out a beautiful annual calendar with environmental awareness and sustainability information to raise funds for the forest.
Contact the group through Facebook or at community events in Warburton to get involved.
3401 Warburton Hwy Warburton, VIC
(03) 5966 5544
Warburton Habitat Tree
Warburton Habitat staff are a dedicated group of environmental educators who share a passion for nature, conservation and the Central Highlands of Victoria. We offer a broad knowledge of the environment specialising in areas of water, conservation, endangered species and local history. We are building of community awareness around the health and conservation of Victoria’s native forests, native wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Increased ecological understanding will encourage individuals, groups and whole communities to take responsibility for the impact their actions have on nature and the world around them resulting in a respectful society that supports the sustainability of all living things!
Schools, sign up for one of our programs, ask a teacher to come to your school or take part in an biodiversity tour in our discovery centre.
Waterwheel Building, 3400 Warburton Hwy Warburton VIC
PO Box 305 Warburton Vic 3799
0409 493 721
Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance
WAR is a collective of young Aboriginal people committed to the cause of decolonization and the philosophy of Aboriginal nationalism - resistance and revival. In 2015 WAR organised rallys attended by thousands of people to protest the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. There's heaps lined up for this year.
Visit the WAR facebook page to find out about upcoming events and actions and come along.
Send a message through facebook
West Hobart Environment Network
WHEN is a cooperative action by residents of West Hobart, to strengthen our community and to create a more sustainable future for our children. We have several working groups focussing on areas like gardening and food and sustainable transport. We will facilitate community projects and disseminate information relating to sustainable living. WHEN is part of the international Transition Towns movement which is working to build more resilient and vibrant local communities.
Check out our blog and add your own posts, contact our coordinator to get involved in a particular group. And take a look at our Walking West Hobart map.
Western Australian Forest Alliance
The WA Forest Alliance was formed in 1990 to provide an umbrella body for the many community organisations in Perth and throughout the south-west concerned with forest conservation. We are dedicated to the protection of WA’s native forests and woodlands and an end to the logging, thinning and clearing of our public forests and woodlands. It is time for WA’s karri and jarrah forests to be protected and for the timber industry to complete the transition into sustainably managed plantations and farm forestry. A timber industry restructured in this way will be in the best environmental, social and economic interests of the State. The WA Forest Alliance has 20 member groups.
Please sign the online petition and share the link with your networks, volunteer or donate.
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St West Perth WA 6005
0488 777 592
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
WANFA, formed out of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance meeting in September 2009 is made up of Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners and their allies who are concerned about uranium mining on their country in Western Australia, from the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great Victorian Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, Perth and the South West. WANFA demands that the government and industry respect the basic human rights of Aboriginal peoples and adhere to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, respecting our right to self-determination and engaging with Aboriginal peoples within the framework of the principle of free, prior and informed consent. Current campaigns include opposing a national nuclear waste dump and protecting WA's biggest national park (Kintyre) from uranium mining.
Get in touch with WANFA to join the campaign, stay up to date with protests and actions online, or get involved with the WANFA Roadshow that travels to remote communities to provide information about the uranium industry.
Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH)
Wildlife of the Central Highlands is a grassroots organisation working towards the protection of Victoria’s native forests and their flora, fauna and ecological values by means of citizen science, collaboration and community engagement.The Central Highlands of Victoria are located 90 minutes north-east of Melbourne. Here, you can find forests of towering Mountain Ash: the tallest flowering plants in the world. These forest are the most carbon-dense on the planet and host a suite of unique and rare wildlife.
The tragedy of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires devastated a vast area of the Central Highlands. Despite this, clear-fell logging still continues within the Central Highlands, further imposing the threat of extinction on the native wildlife of the forest.
Come to the forest with us and learn how to spotlight for wildlife, write up reports and send them to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to try and protect them. Join in the campaign to end logging in our native forests.
Wildlife Protection Association of Australia
We actively engage government and industry to provide accountable and sustainable policies and practices to better manage our fragile environment. We are pledged to campaign against all actions which threaten the current or future existence of our wildlife. We promote positive community attitudes through education, communication and advocacy. The single most important issue facing our wildlife is lack of education. WPAA provides a range of educational products and services. WPAA runs campaigns against the commercial killing of kangaroos and trophy hunting, flying fox shooting, the Tasmanian mutton bird kill; raise awareness about the impacts of bush fires, land clearing and increasing population; and campaign for increased wildlife and marine protection, especially the protection of Fraser Island's dingos.
We invite members to raise issues of concern, then lobby government to have those issues addressed. This includes regular correspondence and meetings with relevant ministers and government departments to progress issues raised by members.
PO Box 309 Beerwah QLD 4519
0408 711 344
email available via website
Wildlife Rescue NSW
The primary function of Wildlife Rescue is to provide a call centre service throughout NSW for the rescue of native animals. This service is provided free of charge to voluntary organisations engaged in such rescues. A team of qualified WRI rescuers is being established for the Coffs Harbour region.
Become a member and participate in phone duty, rescues or other activities.
54 Pacific Hwy Urunga NSW 2455
02 6699 3565 (wildlife rescue hotline)
Wildlife Victoria has been at the forefront of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Victoria since 1989. We are one of the largest wildlife rescue, care and rehabilitation organisations operating a comprehensive statewide, wildlife rescue network. WV deals with the end result of wildlife that has been injured or displaced through human activity, road trauma (the other road toll), feral animals, tree felling, land clearing and pollution.
WV provides a 24 hour phone line for wildlife rescue, placement and expert advice; runs environmental awareness and public education programs; runs forums and training for wildlife rehabilitators regarding caring for native wildlife; provide discounted animal food supplies and equipment to members; and assistance in other areas of emergency wildlife rescue and wildlife management such as bushfires, floods, oil spills, translocation and reintroduction of wildlife.
You can get involved with hands-on animal rescues or volunteer from your own home. This varying level of volunteering means we can find something for almost anyone who wants to help. Wildline, our 24-hour wildlife rescue network is always in need of volunteers to either provide advice and contacts for the nearest wildlife shelter, or organise a rescue. All Wildline volunteers receive training and an extensive manual.
Kindness House 288 Brunswick Street Fitzroy VIC 3065
03 9445 0310 (office)
13 000 94535 (emergency response service)
WIRE Women's Information
Women across Victoria contact WIRE Women’s Information for support, information and referrals on any issues, such as family relationships and legal issues; domestic/family violence; housing and homelessness; emotional well-being; mental health—anxiety, fear, stress and depression; and job search, study options and community volunteering. It’s free and confidential. WIRE runs many free programs for women including Job Coaching sessions, legal clinics, computer classes and our AMICA Women’s Lunch Club. Our daily work and research projects with women inform and support our advocacy work on women’s key issues, such as the prevention of violence against women, and women’s equal participation in the workforce.
If you are interested in volunteering and training at WIRE as a telephone support worker call 1300 134 130 to register your interest and to attend our next training orientation session. We run three training programs a year in February, May and October. Besides our telephone support workers, volunteers and student placements also assist us in the Information Centre and the office. Others offer their professional expertise in areas such as communication, photography or IT on a project or ongoing basis.
1300 134 130
372 Spencer St West Melbourne VIC
Women’s Health In the North (WHIN)
The work of Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) aims to strengthen women’s health, safety and wellbeing, with a strategic focus on preventing violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights, economic participation and environmental justice. WHIN's Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) Coordination Team leads the implementation of the Victorian Government's family violence reforms in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region. We have particular expertise in meeting the needs of women who are most marginalised by the health system, and who might generally be referred to as ‘hard to reach’ or ‘at risk’.
To volunteer or become a free member of WHIN, or apply for a student placement position please call or email the office.
03 9484 1666
680 High Street Thornbury VIC