Volunteers contribute almost a quarter of a million hours to Victoria's parks management every year. Leesa Riley looks at plans to build on that incredible achievement.
The Friends of Westgate Park have transformed their special patch of city bush into a vibrant park filled with life. Their story is just one of many we cover in this edition of our newsletter FriendsNet.
If you know a Friends volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to protecting a nature reserve, waterway or place of cultural heritage now is the time to nominate them for one of this year's Best Friend Award.
Read about the extroardinary story of how Friends brought the Organ Pipes National Park back to life, the fight to save Sunbury's Jacksons Creek Valley and how the Green Army is helping out on Wirilda Track.
The Friends of Organ Pipes National Park have brought native wildlife back to a place of unique geological features just 25km from Melbourne.
Jacksons Creek Valley is home to rare Aboriginal Ceremonial Rings and protects environmentally significant species and woodland. That's why the local community is fighting for its protection from development.