There are many opportunities to get involved in Council's sustainability projects. This may include helping to deliver community education workshops at the Green Living Centre, or tree planting and bush regeneration for a biodiversity program.
The Environmental Volunteer Program was established to give the community the opportunity to gain real experience in the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and the creation of a sustainable future for our urban environment. There of course is also the social aspect of volunteering. Volunteer teams usually stop to share a cup of tea when they meet and there is always time for a chat.
People that volunteer in biodiversity projects contribute greatly to the protection and enhancement of important natural areas within the area. As the Marrickville area is a highly urbanised part of Sydney, the hard work of these volunteers is vital in preserving our local native vegetation and wildlife, as well as the community's ability to access and experience this.
Some of the benefits of volunteering for a biodiversity project include:
- Gaining practical skills in bush regeneration
- Learning about native plant and weed identification
- Learning about our local natural environment
- Being outdoors in a friendly environment
- Meeting new people who share similar interests
For more information on projects currently running, please click on the links below or contact Council's Environment Officer – Biodiversity on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9335 2193.
- Friends of Camperdown Cemetery
Volunteer group that meets monthly to maintain a patch of threatened native grassland near St Stephen's Church in Newtown, adjacent to Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. Working bee dates for 2016 are:
- Thursday 18 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Saturday 19 March, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Thursday 21 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Saturday 21 May, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Thursday 16 June, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Saturday 16 July, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Thursday 18 August, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Saturday 17 September, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Thursday 20 October, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Saturday 19 November, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Thursday 15 December, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Marrickville Landcare Group
Volunteer group that run monthly working-bees to regenerate and restore a sandstone outcrop remnant in the Marrickville area. Working bee dates for 2017 are:
- Sunday 26 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Wednesday 22 March, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Sunday 23 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Wednesday 24 May, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Sunday 25 June, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Wednesday 26 July, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Sunday 27 Augus, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Wednesday 27 September, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Sunday 22 October, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Wednesday 22 November, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Sunday 17 December, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Tempe Birdos
Volunteer bird watching group that meets for monthly, early morning, bird walks and surveys at the Tempe Lands site and on Tempe Reserve, a priority biodiversity location within the Marrickville Council area. Survey dates for 2016 are:
- Saturday 9 April, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 14 May, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 11 June, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 9 July, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 13 August, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 10 September, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 8 October, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 12 November, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Saturday 10 december, 7.30am – 9.30am
- Marrickville Microbat Monitors
Volunteer group that meets to do a supervised nocturnal survey to collect data on microbats in the Inner West. Meet at the changing room block at HJ Mahoney Reserve off Wharf Road, Marrickville. Survey dates for 2017 are:
- Thursday 9 February 2017, 7.45pm – 9.15pm
- Thursday 6 April 2017, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
- Thursday 8 June 2017, 4.45pm – 6.15pm
- Thursday 7 September 2017, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
- Thursday 7 December 2017, 7.45pm – 9.15pm
Marrickville Community Nursery
Council's community nursery, aiming to promote biodiversity of the local area through growing seedlings native to the Lower Cooks River Valley.
- Mudcrabs (offsite link)
Monthly natural area restoration work at sites along the Cooks River, including two sites in Marrickville.
- Inner West Environment Group (IWEG) (offsite link)
Monthly bushcare at sites along the Light rail corridor, including several sites in Dulwich Hill.
- Wolli Creek Preservation Society (offsite link)
Volunteer bush regeneration opportunities at bushland sites within the locally significant Wolli Creek Regional Park.
Green Living Centre
The Green Living Centre is a sustainability resource centre in the heart of Newtown which is a joint initiative of the City of Sydney and Marrickville Council.
Volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities supporting Green Living Centre programs and work with the community and local businesses to move towards a more sustainable environment.
For more information on Volunteering at the Green Living Centre please contact the Senior Environment Officer on 9519 6366 or email email@example.com.
- National Tree Day
An annual Australia-wide tree planting initiative supported by Marrickville Council.
- Clean Up Australia Day
The nation's largest community-based environmental event,where volunteers come together to collect and remove litter from the local environment.
Council also works closely with local residents and businesses in other sustainability projects. Please click on the following links for more information:
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