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We face some big challenges, but we're facing them together. From Shepparton to Phillip Island, our member groups are working to protect our environment in more ways than you can imagine!

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Allwood Neighbourhood House hosts the 'Welcome Platypus Festival', a celebration of community, arts and environment in Hurstbridge. The event is held in March each year.

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Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna is dedicated to protecting our indigenous flora and fauna and to maintaining the natural beauty of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet and their local environment.

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Australian Plants Society Victoria (APSV) promotes the growing and conservation of Australian native plants. Through engagement with district groups around the state, the APSV aims to bring together people who enjoy growing Australia's unique flora.

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BCCAG (Bayside Climate Change Action Group) is a non-profit, community organisation that aims to reduce the human contribution to, and the impact of, climate change by creating and delivering information, facilitating actions and influencing decision makers.

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The Beam-Mitchell Environment Group aims to protect and care for our natural environment for a sustainable future. Their main focus is the Mitchell Shire in North Central Victoria, but concerns extend to the Goulburn Valley Region as a whole.They also lend their voice and support to environmental issues nationally and globally.

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The Benalla Sustainable Future Group was established in 2010 by Benalla and District residents concerned about environmental sustainability and the lack of action on climate change both locally and nationally. By coming together we can work towards a more sustainable future and a cleaner planet.

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The Bendigo and District Environment Council are determined environmental advocates. They have worked extensively with the City of Greater Bendigo on a range of policies and planning schemes, and have maintained a constant public profile.

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Black Rock Sandringham Conservation Association (BRASCA). grow out of the experience of citizens in Black Rock, Sandringham and Beaumaris that, in 1969, banded together to prevent the cliff top vegetation near the Black Rock Yacht Club from being cleared to make way for a paved car park.

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When the Blackburn Tree Preservation Society was first formed in November 1959, it worked hard to preserve the local natural environment and protect areas of remnant bush. Over the last fifty years, the group has grown and prospered and they now work across the whole Nunawading municipality, and indeed the state.

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BREAZE is a locally formed group of energetic, forward thinking people who believe that there are more sustainable ways of living on our patch of the planet.

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Bushwalking Victoria is the peak not-for-profit body for all bushwalkers and bushwalking clubs in Victoria, Australia. They represent 62 bushwalking clubs, 8 associated organisations and almost 200 individual members on bushwalking and conservation issues in Victoria.

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The Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC) aims are to protect and enhance the natural environment in the Cardinia Shire and adjoining areas, working across the Central Western Port and part of the Southern Yarra Ranges catchments.

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The Coalition against Duck Shooting campaigns against the recreational shooting of native waterbirds. So far, three states have banned the practise - Western Australia (1990), New South Wales (1995) and more recently Queensland (10 August 2005).

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Cool Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides award winning, curriculum-linked resources for teachers and students at no cost. Our vision is for every Australian student to leave school with a clear understanding of our natural world (natural capital), how it supports our very existence and the responsibility we all have to ensure it’s valued properly and invested in.

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The Croydon Conservation Society (CCS) has been active in local issues for over 40 years. It advocates on behalf of the community to maintain and improve the local environment. This includes local planning issues, working to maintain indigenous flora and reserves, advocating chemical reduction strategies, promoting healthy living, improving water quality and advocating public transport and litter reduction. The CCS is a founding member of EV (then the CCV) at its inception.

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The dolphin research institute is a CSIRO approved organisation that aims to protect dolphins and their environment. It conducts dolphin research in Victoria, education for community and schools, and school/community involvement through programs such as "I SEA, ICARE", "Adopt-A-Dolphin" and the annual marine environment awards.

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Eastern Climate Action Melbourne (ECAM) is a community group of like-minded people passionate about restoring our world to good health where the most dangerous impacts of climate change have been avoided.

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Eco-shout is a catalyst to action for those campaigning for environmental and social justice. The Eco-shout website includes a universal calendar of events in Victoria, a directory of active groups from collectives to NGOs and a sharehousing network for people who want to live with like-minded souls.

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The Environmental Farmers Network is an organisation intent on improving environmental health of private and public land in farming areas. The EFN will make its views known on a variety of issues to do with the environment, but it is not a political party.

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The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV) is Victoria's oldest natural history group, established in 1880. Early Club members for two decades successfully worked towards reservation of Wilsons Promontory as a national park.

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The objective of the Field Naturalists Club Ballarat (FNCB) is to stimulate interest in natural history and to encourage the preservation and protection of the natural environment. The club has a program of monthly lectures and excursions. They've been around for 50 years and have 50 members.

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The Friends of Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park assist with weed control, flora and fauna monitoring and surveys. They encourage the community to value and use the park and become involved in its care and maintenance, as well as to ensure visitors to the park are assisted to get value from their visits.

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In recent times, the Friends of Gardiner's Creek Valley have landscaped and planted the sloping bank along the Monash Freeway in Glenburn Bend Park as part of an integrated urban bush care project; installed seats and tables in Glenburn Bend Park to enhance enjoyment of the area and assisted Melbourne Water in the restoration of creek banks in the Glen Iris Valley

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Friends of the Leadbeater Possum (LBP) aim to engage in strategies for the conservation of LBP, monitor the status of LBP in the wild and captivity, monitor the State Government's Recovery Program for LBP and educate the public on the conservation status and threatening processes impacting the survival of LBP.

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The Friends meet on the second Saturday of each month (Feb to Dec) at 11:00 am in the Green Room of the Mallacoota Hotel. Visitors are welcome.

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The friends of Merri Creek are a voluntary community group which aims to preserve and restore the Merri Creek, its environs and tributaries. In 1995 they began a campaign to prevent the F2 freeway, protect the threatened grasslands in Craigieburn, protect Galada Tamboore gorge in Campbellfield and advance their proposal for a state park to protect these areas.

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The Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve work to educate the public about the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve's fauna, flora and habitat and assist in weed control, planting, protection of vulnerable plants and maintenance of the visitor centre.

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Friends of Plenty River revegetates the Plenty River, mainly Lower Plenty, Yallambie and Montmorency. Education and community days are also a major focus.

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The Geelong Environment Council (GEC)was formed in 1972 to assist in the protection of the environment in and around Geelong. The GEC has been involved in the 'Save the Otways' campaign and National Park protection; the protection of Point Lillias from a proposed relocation of the Coode Island Chemical Storage Facility; industrial discharges and pollution and Corio Bay as well as Coastal and Marine issues.

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The Geelong Field Naturalists' Club aims to stimulate the study and appreciation of natural history by lectures, discussions and excursions to areas of ecological interest. They also strive to preserve and protect Australian flora and fauna and protect endangered species and habitats. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2011.

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Gene Ethics envisages a safer, more equitable and more sustainable GM-free society. Gene Ethics is a non-profit educational network of citizens and kindred groups. We want the precautionary principle, scientific evidence and the law rigorously applied to all proposed uses of genetic manipulation (GM) technologies and their products.

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Founded in 1990, the Goulburn Valley Environment Group (GVEG) aims to promote environmental awareness and responsibility. They provide creative, positive outlets for community volunteers through involvement in various planting and maintenance activities, political lobbying and educative roles which contribute to the preservation, restoration and protection of our natural environment, within a sustainable society.

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The Greater Dandenong Environmental Group actively raises awareness of environmental issues. They manage a nursery for indigenous plants to be planted out at local reserves and schools in conjunction with local council and Melbourne Water. They also monitoring bird life and water health in the local area and coordinate a 'Clean Up Australia Day' event annually.

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The Greening of Riddell is a volunteer group which has taken responsibility for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Wybejong Park as its major focus. Activities include monthly working bees which involve weed removal, planting indigenous species and maintenance of existing vegetation and access tracks as well as community education via films, presentations and discussions at our Energy Efficiency Evenings.

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Greenlink Box Hill is a volunteer organisation that works in conjunction with the City of Whitehorse in restoration and management of local flora. Activities focus on propagating plants at our nursery and reestablishing them in their natural habitats on council land thorughout Box Hill.

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The Larobe Valley Field Naturalists Club was formed in Morwell in 1960 with the aims of fostering an enjoyment of the world of nature and working for the preservation of the flora and fauna of the region.

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The Latrobe Valley Sustainability Group is a grass roots citizen's group dedicated to encouraging the acceptance and understanding of the principles of sustainability by the wider community.

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Lighter Footprints, is a group of concerned residents from Boroondara and Whitehorse municipalities in Melbourne who came together in 2006 to see what we could do about the serious challenge of climate change.

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The Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group is a not for profit, community based organisation driven by volunteers from across the shire. We currently have more than 350 members and several active project groups focussing on local food, sustainable energy and community education.

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Moorabool Environment Group is an Incorporated Association concerned with environmental issues in the Moorabool Shire of Victoria, Australia. Moorabool Shire has a population of approx 27,000 residents, and includes the towns of Bacchus Marsh and Ballan and 40 other small communities.

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The Sustainability Group has over 1000 voting members: local people taking action to combat climate change. Our members are householders and local schools, businesses, and community organisations. A charity and non-government organisation, MASG is able to receive tax deductible donations to assist us with our work.

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The Mullum Branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation was established in 1986 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has been involved in a wide range of issues from local to international and has established its credibility by constructively pursuing solutions to problems and developing co-operative working relationships.

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Native Fish Australia is a volunteer organisation that is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of Australia's native freshwater fish and the rivers, streams and other waterways that they inhabit.

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The Nepean Conservation Group Inc (NCG). was previously known as the Sorrento Portsea Blairgowrie Conservation Group Inc. The NCG covers the Nepean Peninsula, from Canterbury Jetty Road down to the Point.

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The Peninsula Field Naturalists Club was established in 1954 and has built up a considerable knowledge base of the natural history of the Mornington Peninsula, extending to locations all around Melbourne.

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The Phillip Island Conservation Society (PICS)conducts important on-the-ground and lobbying work in the interests of saving existing wild places and creatures. The PICS aims to preserve and protect the natural resources on Phillip Island in the surrounding marine environment; and to promote the care and conservation of flora, fauna and their natural habitats. They also hold regular working bees to enhance the habitat.

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The Port Phillip Ecocentre is a not-for-profit community 'umbrella' group which supports local initiatives to protect and enhance biodiversity in the Port Phillip region. The Ecocentre is a resource for groups, individuals and the business community in the City of Port Phillip and its wider region, and aims to facilitate awareness and local action for sustainable living.

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We are a conservation group who have been instrumental in the establishment of Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park, Mount Richmond National Park and Cobboboonie National Park. We have monthly meetings and excursions and weekly walks have been a tradition for more than 60 years.

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Residents Against Toxic Waste in the South East (RATWISE) is a community action group campaigning against the dumping of hazardous waste at the Lyndhurst landfill. The support the findings of the Hazardous Waste Consultative Committee that toxic waste be phased out from landfill and recommend our government quickly finds suitable long-term alternative facilities with suitable buffers.

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Save Albert Park Inc aims to reclaim Albert park as a public space, stop motor racing in the park, and to protect Albert Park from the impact of the Grand Prix & other inappropriate development & activities.

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The Save the Dandenongs League promotes the preservation of historical and natural beauty of the Dandenong Ranges as a national asset for all time.

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The South East Australian Naturalist Association links feild naturalists clubs across Victoria and adjoining areas of South Australia and New South Wales. It fosters regional activities which furthers the study of natural history and seeks to promote conservation issues, advocating and well research management strategies.

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The Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group was founded in August 2007 with the aim to protect and preserve the remnant vegetation of the southern section of the Dandenong Ranges, particularly the water catchments which are home to our locally threatened platypus population.

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GENI is an international non government, non profit organisation accredited with the United Nations and affiliated throughout the world. Predominantly serviced by enthusiastic and committed volunteers, GENI researches and disseminates information on the relationships between population development, the environment and energy issues, and promotes a practicable solution to the world's most pressing problems through the global interconnection of renewable resource energy.

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The Hub is an office and restaurant complex on the corner of Barker and Templeton Streets in Castlemaine. The owners, Neil and Heather Barrett, have been involved in climate change and renewable energy projects for many years. In May 2014, they established The Hub Foundation Castlemaine Ltd (a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee) to further their work to help reduce the Shire’s – and the planet’s – CO2 emissions.

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Urimbirra Co-operative was formed in 1973 to purchase 400 hectares of more or less virgin bush in the Little Desert region of the Wimmera district of Victoria. It followed a controversy in the late 1960s when the State government had a proposal to subdivide most of the Crown land in this area for farming.

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The formation of the Victorian Mobile Landcare Group (VMLCG) represents the next phase of the development of the Mobile Landcare concept. Formed by people passionate about land care through responsible 4WD use, they are a non-profit association tightly affiliated with Landcare Australia, committed to the pursuit of supporting environmental projects of our own or others' making, across Victoria.

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Warringal Conservation Society is a local not-for-profit, community based organisation caring for the environment in Banyule. Formed in 1970, the Society is an active and productive steward of the enviromental heritage in Banyule.

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The Warrnambool Field Naturalists Club aims to give opportunities to know and enjoy Australia's natural environment. The Club holds monthly meetings as well as monthly field outings.

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WMCN is a not-for-profit association for individuals, groups and agencies that share an environmental vision for the wider Werribee catchment. WMCN:

Unites, strengthens and resources people, groups and agencies;
Advocates for the protection, management and enhancement of natural heritage;
Gathers resources for the implementation of the vision across the catchment; and
Is well resourced, well-researched, well-connected and speaks fearlessly to promote the shared vision of its members.

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The Westernport & Peninsula Protection Council (WPPC) aims to preserve and protect the dwindling natural systems of the region. The WPPC's programs are aimed at preserving and restoring the natural environment of Westernport Bay and its Hinterland and its activities include environmental awareness education, research, lobbying and promotion.

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WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, to build a sustainable global community.

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Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) members are community advocates for a safe climate. They meet with politicians, host events, give presentations, collaborate with other groups and campaign within our region for greater action on climat change.

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We are a not-for-profit community organisation formed in 2004 by a group of citizens who love the Yarra River, and care for its future. Our aim is to protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries, from source to mouth, for current and future generations. We are a member of the growing and successful international Waterkeeper movement of community groups around the world caring for their local waterways

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