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Environment Groups and Events

There are many varied and outstanding volunteer groups across East Gippsland, contributing hugely to improving the local environment and having fun in the process.



A new website has been set up listing environmental groups across Gippsland.  Sustainability Gippsland is a regional website site for environmental groups to share contact details and network with the wider public.

Sustainability Gippsland allows individuals/groups/businesses to develop new relationships and attract members and reduce the time and costs associated with communication and networking.

Sustainability Gippsland is a collaborative effort involving a range of organisations active in Gippsland around sustainability including five local governments, state government bodies, education providers, community organisations and the Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN).



There are many reasons to bring your community together and host an event to celebrate living in the amazing environment in East Gippsland.  For a list of local events visit the Habitat Network East Gippsland, or visit national environmental events for some ideas on starting your own.  Feel free to contact the Sustainability Unit if you would like to list a local event.


Sustainable Living Festival

Occurs in February in Melbourne, and hosts a range of talks and events.  The Festival aims to inspire, educate and empower everyday Australians to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. 

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.  Why not organise an event for next year?

Clean up Australia Day

In early March each year, local community groups – Friends Groups, Landcare Groups, Scouts, sporting groups and schools – organise clean up sites to combat the litter problems throughout our Shire. Clean Up Australia Day

Earth Hour

Started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

Farmers Markets (monthly)

Food from local farmers markets have very low ‘food miles.’  This means little energy has gone into transporting products to the point of sale.  You will notice in many Australian supermarkets it is very common to buy produce sourced internationally, for example fish from south-east Asia, or oranges from the USA.  For this reason it makes sense to shop at the local Farmers Markets including Metung, Paynesville and Bairnsdale.

You could also visit the following website to find out more about food miles 

Earth Day

Occurs each year on April 22.The first Earth Day in 1970 enlisted 20 million Americans; it was the largest organized citizen action in United States’ history. With coordinated events taking place across the country, it is generally credited with launching the modern environmental movement. In 1990, Earth Day Network expanded internationally and organized campaigns in 142 nations. Earth Day now boasts the participation of more than one billion people in 190 countries.  See the Earth Day website for more information.

International Biodiversity Day

Every year 22 May is the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and is designed to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is most often understood as the number of different species of plants, animals and microorganisms in existence. However, biodiversity also encompasses the specific genetic variations and traits within species as well as the assemblage of these species within ecosystems.  It is thought that ecosystems with high biodiversity might be more resilient to change, as they provide a larger pool of species that can potentially fill new niches.

World Environment Day

Occurs on 5 June annually. There are literally thousands of ways to do something positive for the environment. Again, whatever you decide to do, tell the United Nation Environment Program about it so they can post your activities on their website and make it part of the ‘Wide World of WED’ map.

Sustainable House Day (National)

Various houses across Australia will be opened up to show you how to live more sustainably on a day in September. Visit the website to find out how to register your house or where you can visit a sustainable house.

Weedbuster Week

Held each year around September and aims to tackle the threats of weeds to our local biodiversity.  Organising or hosting an event in your local area can increase understanding about the impacts of weeds to many different people. Many Australians do not know their backyard garden plants could be contributing to the $4 billion cost of weeds to agriculture every year.

By hosting an event during Weedbuster Week you can help, but be sure to register your event at so it becomes officially recognised.


Download the:

East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Toolkit

Sustainability Kit Primer (PDF 5.24Mb)

Sustainability How To (PDF 759kb)

Sustainability Matrix (PDF 610kb)


Sustainability Case Studies from East Gippsland

Bottling (PDF 362kb)

Bruthen River Loop Walk (PDF 625kb)

Saving the Grevillea (PDF 445kb)

Buchan Bus 'n' Freight (PDF 374kb)

Trust For Nature (PDF 387)

Goongerah Good Foods (PDF 406kb)

Jacarri Eco-Cottage (PDF 258kb)

Orbost Solar Bulk Buy (PDF 209kb)

Solar School Installation (PDF 729kb)

Jarrahmond Plant Corridors (PDF 396kb)

Beef At The Farm Gate (PDF 387kb)

Bairnsdale Tip Shop (PDF 473kb)

B.E.N.D. Eco-Housing ( PDF 475kb)

Blackberry Action Group (PDF 343kb)

Burn Off (PDF 267kb)

Solar Hot Water (467kb)

Metung Bushland Reserve (PDF 566kb)

Benambra Landcare (PDF 260kb)

Regent Honey Eater (PDF 242kb)

Waste Free Bruthen (PDF 295)

Waste Free Numerella (PDF 309kb)

Wicked Garden Beds (PDF 552kb)


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