Preserves and nurtures the natural environment of the Green Wedge for future and current generations.
Nillumbik Shire Council operates in the Shire of Nillumbik which was created in 1994.The organisation is currently assisted and supported by about 550 volunteers – in fact, this local government has more volunteers than staff.
But they are always look for more volunteers – especially people with skills in environmental science or knowledge of the local environment to help their environmental planning or environmental works unit.
Among the volunteer roles, are the following:
- L2P Learner Driver Mentors: Volunteers provide driving practice for learner drivers to help them gain 120 hours of driving practice
- In Home Family Mentors: Volunteers mentor parents of small children and babies who are struggling with the adjustment to parenting.
- Community Bus Drivers: Volunteers drive the Council Community Bus which takes elderly clients to a variety of shopping centres.
- Advisory Committee members: Meet regularly to discuss issues and advise Council.
- Environment Friends of Group members: A Friends Group is a group of volunteers with an interest in a particular park, reserve or species of native plant or animal. Members are involved in activities such as planting, weed control, mulching, plant and animal monitoring and water quality monitoring.
- Walking School Bus Drivers and Conductors: The Walking School Bus is led by volunteers to provide primary school students with safe supervision while walking to school in a group. Children get regular exercise and a grasp of road safety skills while socialising and making new friends.
- Edendale Environment Centre volunteers: Edendale offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities including Nursery Assistants, Food Garden Assistants, Animal Husbandry Assistants, Grounds and Garden Assistants and Meet and Greet Assistants.
- Delivered Meals drivers: Drivers deliver meals to eligible residents through the Home and Community Care services program.
Volunteers who have an interest in or knowledge of Nillumbik’s Arts and Culture scene are highly sought after particularly for advisory committees and reference groups as well as people with good administration skills and good understanding of software programs are also in need.
“Without the assistance of our hard working and dedicated volunteers it would not be possible to offer the variety of programs that are made available to the Nillumbik community,” says Jane Lawson.