Friends of Westgate Park
The Friends group is made up of enthusiastic people, passionate about Westgate Park and the natural environment.
You can just turn up to our regular work days:
- every Monday and Tuesday - come for as long as you like between 8.30am and 3pm,
- every third Sunday in the month – come anytime from 9am until 4pm, or
- check out our monthly program of activities.
We can tailor the tasks to suit your interests and physical capabilities. These include:
- planting trees, shrubs, climbers, ground covers and wildflowers,
- preparing garden beds for planting by spreading mulch,
- fostering good plant growth by weeding and pruning,
- assisting in our plant nursery with potting and seed ‘cleaning’,
- collecting seeds,
- monitoring water quality in the lakes and lagoons,
- helping record species in our monthly bird surveys.
For further information from Parks Victoria contact Ranger Louis Bell on (03) 9695 9000.
Contact: Tony Flude
Phone: 0400 770 254
19 Jun 2014
If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do during the July school holidays, make sure you check out Parks Victoria’s Discovery Program at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Parks Victoria Team Leader, Lynden Costin said the program was a great way to get in touch with nature over the…
27 Jul 2014 9:30am-1:30pm
Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands invite you to join them in planting shrubs under the trees in Shepherds Bush next to Nortons Park. BBQ lunch provided. Families welcome.
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
Great job by all the wonderful volunteers, including our Junior Ranger Coordinat...Great job by all the wonderful volunteers, including our Junior Ranger Coordinator Roellen!Timeline PhotosVolunteers from the Friends of the Helmet Honeyeaters have been braving the cold weather each day to provide supplementary feed to these critically endangered Victorians. Their fantastic work forms a key part of the Helmeted Honeyeater recovery program, which is allowing the wild population around Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve to slowly grow. Thanks to Roellen, one of the volunteers for this image.View post | Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16.26
Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000...Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000 grant towards the work they do for endangered bandicoots and would like your vote.Timeline PhotosThe bandicoots are crossing their tiny paws and hoping for your help - just click to vote and help us win $5,000 to look after them! http://sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/view/help-protect-endangered-bandicootsView post | Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13.46
The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the wee...The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the weekend. Pictured are Ranger Craig Campbell in the new winter office and new addition to the team Ranger Snowman!View post | Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09.36
Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a tr...Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a truck carrying apples lost its load last Thursday and spilled off the road and onto the Main Yarra Trail. Unable to get machinery onto the trail, about 22 Parks Victoria staff spent most of the day removing the apples and other debris. They managed to retrieve about 30 boxes of apples which were put onto a barge and floated down the Yarra River to Burnley Harbour, then loaded onto a truck and delivered to Melbourne Zoo as a special treat for the Zoo’s elephants. Parks Victoria’s Ranger in Charge Dave Moore, who had spent most of Thursday collecting apples, was delighted to pay a visit to the Zoo to see the elephants enjoying their unexpected windfall. Photo credits: Elephant with apple by David Caird courtesy of the Herald Sun Other images courtesy of Melbourne Zoo.View post | Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11.51
Parks Victoria’s major upgrade to St Georges Lake dam is well underway, with 200...Parks Victoria’s major upgrade to St Georges Lake dam is well underway, with 200 mega litres of water drained from the lake since late June to allow for the safe reconstruction of the dam wall. A zoologist employed to monitor wildlife at the site tracked a number of water rats evacuating the area over the last few weeks since the drawdown commenced. The animals have found new temporary homes in surrounding creeks and waterways. Visitors are encouraged to stay away from the lake bed for their own safety. To find out more about the project: http://bit.ly/1nhwx2iView post | Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16.02