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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 biennial conference.

The Victorian Environment Friends Network now has its own website. Please visit to find out about the network and read its stories.


About Friends Groups

 Victorian Environment Friends Network

'Friends' are people who are interested in giving practical assistance to a particular conservation reserve, or a species of native plant or animal.

This includes scenic, historic, cultural, and nature reserves and many different types of flora and fauna.

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> Model Rules
> Affiliation
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> Friends Award

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 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


About Friends Network Committee

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.

Here is some information about the current committee:


Stephen Derrick - Secretary
PhD Candidate Monash University
Thesis topic: Sustainability and Time
Interests: Local sustainability and urban farming; walking; gardening and cooking.


Laura Mumaw
Board Member, Port Phillip and Westernport CMA
PhD Candidate, RMIT University
Thesis topic: Caring for native biodiversity through wildlife gardening, its contribution to urban social and ecological health
Interests: Wildlife gardening, bushwalking, bird watching


Find Friends A-Z
Find by Location
Model Rules
Friends Award