The Victorian Environment Friends Network has been operating for over 25 years with a goal of supporting Friends groups to network and better achieve their aims.

It is comprised of environmental volunteer groups across Victoria that provide practical assistance to support scenic, historic, cultural, and nature reserves and many different types of ecosystems and flora and fauna.

Friends groups operate in conjunction with the relevant management authority, for example Parks Victoria, a municipal Council, or Melbourne Water. Every group is independent and autonomous.

We welcome the opportunity to provide a submission on the consultation draft of Victoria’s new biodiversity strategy: Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036 (the Strategy). The Strategy is to be commended for its ambition to reverse the continued loss of biodiversity in Victoria, as well as for recognising the historic and contemporary actions that are the cause.

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