Victorian Environment Friends Network

The Victorian Environment Friends Network exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria.

It is coordinated by a committee elected at the annual general meeting.

Friends groups, and groups with similar objectives, work in a great variety of natural situations – coastal sites, bush, grasslands, watercourses or wetlands.

They operate in conjunction with the relevant management authority, usually Parks Victoria, a municipal Council, or some other organisation such as the Trust for Nature.

Every group is independent and autonomous. Some are incorporated and have a formal constitution and membership structure, others operate informally, with no membership fee.

While each Friends group will have its own specific objectives, these will include, in broad terms:

  • Providing support for the reserve or species.
  • Assisting with special projects selected by the Friends in consultation with the appropriate management authority.
  • Bringing into contact people with a common interest in the reserve or species.
  • Fostering public awareness of the reserve or species.
  • Supporting the effective management of native flora and fauna in Victoria

The Victorian Environment Friends Network Committee was originally established to organise the biennial conference. Nowadays, as well as doing this it arranges seminars, produces a quarterly newsletter, administers the Best Friend Award, promotes environmental volunteering and liaises with managing authorities.

Meet Our Team

Our Committee has an important ongoing agenda, working on behalf of Friends Groups. This includes: quantifying and valuing volunteer contributions; securing funding and support for VEFN and Friends groups; supporting Friends Groups to network and mentor and being a strong advocate for greater funding for parks.

VEFN’s Constitution has recently been changed to ensure VEFN and its future operations are meaningful to its current membership and priorities; to strengthen the membership structure as an representing Friends organisations; to enable registration as a Charity and apply for ATO Deductible Gift Recipient status; and enable VEFN to auspice local groups should that be needed.

Victorian Environment Friends Network 2019 Committee

  • Kate Forster – Committee Member
  • Margaret Hunter – Secretary
  • Judy Ingram – Committee Member
  • Roger Parker – Treasurer
  • Laura Mumaw – Committee Member
  • Paul Strickland – Convenor
  • Nadine Gaskell – Committee Member
  • Andrew Lucas – Committee Member
Committee members Paul Strickland and Merrin Butler install a 'song meter' as part of their work with the Friends of Mount Worth State Park.

Committee members Paul Strickland and Merrin Butler install a ‘song meter’ as part of their work with the Friends of Mount Worth State Park.