Friends Of Darebin Creek

The Friends of Darebin Creek are a group 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.

Friends of Darebin Creek

Events are usually held 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 are always on the lookout for new active contributors for quarterly planning meetings, which are held online or at the Gleeson Centre.

Attending Friends events and meetings is a great way to meet locals who want to conserve the local environment. Friends always welcome anyone who wishes to contribute to the activities of the group.

If you are looking for information on volunteering at the Darebin Parklands in Alphington, you can visit the DPA website.

What we do?

Friends of Darebin Creek Events

Clean Up Australia Day (CUAD)
Start Date: March 5, 2023
Start Time: Various
Meeting Place: Various locations - see below and CUAD website
Thomastown East Bird Survey
Start Date: October 23, 2022
Start Time: 8am - 9.30am
Meeting Place: Meet at the end of Lira Court Thomastown (Mun Reserve), near the wetland.
Heidelberg West Bird Survey
Start Date: October 16, 2022
Start Time: 8am - 9.30am
Meeting Place: Cnr Crissane and Sheehan Roads, Heidelberg West
DPA wildflower planting
Start Date: August 14, 2022
Start Time: 1pm to 3pm
Meeting Place: Darebin Parklands, at the south side of Mount Puffalo (near the large egg).
Habitat Conservation and Management Course
Start Date: August 10, 2022
Start Time: August 10th 6:30pm - November 23rd 9:30pm
Meeting Place: Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary, La Trobe Ave, Bundoora VIC 3083
DPA Park Care Day
Start Date: May 22, 2022
Start Time: 1pm - 3pm
Meeting Place: Zeroland, the open area above bluestone steps.
Come and get your hands dirty and make a difference in your park!
National Tree Day Event Bundoora
Start Date: July 31, 2022
Start Time: Midday - 4pm
Meeting Place: Norris Bank Reserve, 128 McLean’s Road, Bundoora
Join City of Whittlesea, DCMC and the Reach 4 group of Friends of Darebin Creek for a National Tree Day planting event at Norris Bank Reserve in Bundoora.
Creek-side Planting in Reservoir
Start Date: July 24, 2022
Start Time: 10AM - midday
Meeting Place: Access creek via corner of Ayr and Gronn Streets in Reservoir. Follow the signs and look for bushcrew vehicles.
Help Friends of Darebin Creek increase creek-side habitat with a planting event along the creek near Gronn Street, Reservoir.
World Environment Day community planting
Start Date: June 5, 2022
Start Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Meeting Place: Kingsbury Bowls Club - Arch Gibson Reserve (walk to creek from car park) Dunne Street, Kingsbury
The Friends of Darebin Creek are holding a community planting and cultural connections event on World Environment Day - Sunday June 5.