The Friends of Darebin Creek are a small band of enthusiastic locals who want to look after the creek and its surrounding bushland. Friends activities are seasonal in nature – typically planting native trees and groundcover, removing weeds, rubbish cleanups, and wildflower walks. We have also been involved in bird surveys, nestbox building and attending local festivals. Events are run by council bush crews from Banyule, Darebin and Whittlesea, and there is usually a cuppa and snack at the end.
Events are usually on the last Sunday of each month, but there can be mid-month events. You can find out how to become a financial member on the website, but you don’t have to be a member to attend events.
Friends have quarterly planning meetings at the Darebin Parklands often featuring a guest speaker.
Attending Friends events and meetings is a great way to meet locals who want to conserve the local environment. Friends always welcomes anyone who wishes to contribute to the activities of the group.
The purposes of the association are to:
- Work with the community and government to preserve, restore and manage the ecosystems associated with Darebin Creek and its tributaries including revegetation, rehabilitation, habitat creation and water health.
- Advocate for appropriate development that preserves the amenity and ecological health of the waterway and riparian corridors, and contribute to significant planning and decision-making processes regarding the management of the Darebin Creek and its catchment.
- Promote the implementation of a linear park along the Darebin Creek and seek continuity of public open space and conservation reserves, especially in urban areas.
- Participate in the conduct of, and representation on Darebin Creek Management Committee.
- Provide opportunities for community participation in the environmental protection, restoration and enjoyment of the Creek and informing members and the community about values, issues, and projects affecting the Creek.