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.

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 Newborough Uniting Church Hall, 92 Chamberlain Rd, Newborough. Guest speakers cover a variety of topics relating to the natural environment and its protection.There is an excursion the following day to local areas or further afield. A bird group and a botany group also have a monthly excursion and there are two camps held annually to places around Victoria.

For further information visit our website, phone 0410 237 292 or send us an email

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.