friends of bayside

Become a Friends of Bayside volunteer

Friends can choose to volunteer in an existing group, start a new group, or join in any number of activities and events that are offered as part of the Friends of Bayside program. Whether you have very little or a lot of time to spare, there are opportunities for you to connect with nature and be part of an active community of like-minded people of all ages.

Our Friends volunteers:

  • have a keen interest in caring for bushland
  • enjoy working outdoors
  • are keen to learn more about the environment and learn new skills
  • like working in a team
  • enjoy meeting new people and making new friends
  • like to meet new challenges, and
  • like having fun!

How do I become a Friends volunteer

Becoming a Friend is easy! Simply complete the registration of interest form online

Once we have received your registration, the Volunteer Support Officer will contact you to discuss your area/s of interest and how we can best support you.

For any assistance, please contact the Volunteer Support Officer on (03) 9599 4444 or email

pauline reynolds volunteering at the nursery

Schools, community groups and clubs

We encourage schools, community groups and clubs to participate in the Friends of Bayside program by forming a Friends groups to care for a particular area in Bayside

Tours through our foreshore or bushland areas led by our Open Space Service Provider, to learn more about our local biodiversity can also be arranged.

Further information on forming a school or community Friends Group can be provided by contacting our Friends of Bayside Support Officer on 9583 8408. To arrange a tour through our foreshore or bushland areas please contact our Open Space Service Provider on 9283 2050

kids bushwalking

Support for Friends

We recognise the importance of community involvement in protecting and conserving the natural environment and landscape. We provide the following support services to volunteers:

  • Full training and supervision
  • Insurance
  • Specialised training opportunities
  • Guest speaker events
  • Banksia Bulletin magazine
  • Bayside Environmental Friends Network membership
  • End of year BBQ celebration
  • National Volunteer Week morning tea

Banksia Bulletin

We publish a free quarterly environmental magazine, the Banksia Bulletin, to support the Friends of Bayside Program. The Banksia Bulletin, written mostly by volunteers, contains short articles, photographs and stories to inform and entertain readers about Bayside’s unique natural environment.

Copies are posted or emailed to all Friends volunteers and subscribers, and are available at our libraries and Corporate Centre or can be viewed online

Bayside Environmental Friends Network

The Bayside Environmental Friends Network (BEFN) provides a forum for Friends to get together and exchange ideas, skills and experiences. A broad range of topics are raised at the monthly meetings which are organised and chaired by our Friends of Bayside Support Officer. Guest speakers are often invited and light refreshments provided. All Friends volunteers are welcome to attend. Keep up to date with meetings by subscribing to the Bayside Environmental Friends Network newsletter.

End of year BBQ celebration

Our Open Space Service Provider hosts an annual Christmas barbecue each year to celebrate the contribution volunteers make towards the conservation of Bayside’s indigenous flora and fauna. The gathering is also a great opportunity for all volunteers to get together and reflect on the year’s achievements. The barbecue is a free event.

National Volunteer Week morning tea

During National Volunteer Week, held each May, we celebrate all Bayside volunteers who give their time to the various not-for-profit organisations and charities. A free morning tea is held for Friends volunteers as thanks for their contribution to the local community and environment.

Page last updated: 30 Jun 2016