Environmental Groups

Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN)

The group works to promote and achieve sustainable living across the Shire. Meeting once a month, no prior knowledge is necessary for people interested in joining.

The groups aims include:

  • Promote sustainable lifestyles and technologies for community, households and businesses.
  • Increase community awareness about climate change.
  • Inform and educate the community about sustainable living practices through various media.
  • Implement community projects that promote environmental sustainability.
  • Monitor and measure progress toward achievement of sustainable practice in the community.

For more information, go to the Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN) website.

West Gippsland Permaculture Group

West Gippsland Permaculture Group is a friendly group of people who live in the Baw Baw Shire with a common interest in permaculture and in living sustainably. The group shares successes and failures in growing food organically, developing healthy soil, preparing and preserving food, exchanging surplus food, reducing power and water usage and shares recipes, seeds, growing tips and other ideas and resources. Activities include visits to other members properties, food swaps at local farmers markets, guest speakers, and grafting workshops. Monthly meetings are held at the CFA Meeting Rooms, corner of Gladstone Street and Vermont Avenue, Warragul on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm. For more information on the West Gippsland Permaculture Group contact Terry Avery on 5626 6278.

Transition Baw Baw

Transition Baw Baw is a local community group starting up a Transition Town initiative in the area. The Transition Town concept tackles Peak Oil and Climate Change, and looks at ways to make the community more resilient while actively raising awareness through films, produce swaps and community garden projects.

For more information, go to the Transition Baw Baw website.

Growing Together Community Garden Network

The Growing Together Community Garden Network aims to encourage a healthy community gardening program by supporting and linking community gardeners. The network embraces organic community gardening and sees it as an important link between a diverse range of people. The community gardens are situated on a range of properties including parks, schools, and churches. For further information regarding the community garden network contact Beth Sheffield on 0419 556 427 or go to the Growing Together Baw Baw website.

Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club

The club aims to foster an enjoyment of nature and the preservation of flora and fauna from the Latrobe region. A regular monthly meeting is held on the fourth Friday of each month at 7.30pm at the Latrobe Community Health Service, 42 Fowler Street, Moe. Guest speakers cover a variety of topics relating to natural environment and its protection. Meetings include reports on club activities such as conservation work, representatives on committees and correspondence.

West Gippsland Seedbank

West Gippsland Seedbank is a local not-for-profit organisation that collects indigenous seeds from the West Gippsland region under permit, then dries, cleans, and stores the seeds ready for sale. The Seedbank is located onsite at the Council Depot. More information can be found on the West Gippsland Seedbank website.