Friends Groups vary from informal groups of a few people, to more formal incorporated bodies. Most have one thing in common: the desire to conserve and protect a natural area managed by the City of Joondalup. The level of involvement and type of activities undertaken by these volunteers depends upon the particular needs of the natural area, as well as the intentions and expertise of the overall group.
Friends Groups may be involved in a variety of activities for a particular reserve, with the aim of restoring the reserve’s conservation values and the community’s appreciation for the natural environment.
Examples of Friends Groups activities may include:
- Monitoring and recording of flora and fauna
- Weed control / removal
- Guided nature walks
- Rubbish clean-up
- Seed collection
- Community education (talks and presentations)
- Fire prevention
- Revegetation and planting.
Forming a Friends Group
If there is no existing Friends Group in place for the reserve, then the establishment of a new group will be encouraged.
One of the first steps in forming a Friends Group is finding people with common objectives who are willing to work together to achieve them. The next step is to gather information about the reserve proposed for adoption. Some relevant information required includes:
- Who manages the reserve (City of Joondalup, developers, a State Government department)
- What is the purpose of the reserve?
- Is there a Management Plan for the reserve?
- What work is already being carried out in the reserve?
- Who is carrying out this work?
- What is the bushland condition?
- What are the main threats to the reserve and the opportunities to overcome them?
The answers to many of these questions can be obtained from the City of Joondalup. The City can advise newly established Friends Groups on the above issues and provide information on the resources and support available.
If the reserve proposed for adoption is owned or managed by an agency other than the City of Joondalup, the City can help put groups in touch with the relevant landholder.