Community Nature Conservation Program
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Nov 2017

The Community Nature Conservation Program supports the community to conserve and restore our natural environment in council reserves.

As a community nature conservation volunteer, you could:

  • Undertake bush restoration activities, such as planting and weeding
  • Weed a patch of bush to allow regeneration
  • Attend workshops and learn new skills
  • Mentor your local school
  • Enhance wildlife corridors and assist in the recovery of threatened local species.
This community based program is a great way to meet other like-minded people, stay healthy and active and connect with nature while doing something good for the environment.

How do you get involved

Join a group

There are over 40 groups you can join across the Sunshine Coast region holding regular working bees throughout the year.

Council provides a wide range of support services to approved groups on council owned lands such as:

  • Onsite training and guidance
  • Supply of equipment and materials
  • Workshops and information sessions
  • Recognition of efforts
  • Social and networking activities
  • Refreshments

Check out the map and working bee schedule to find your local group.

Lean more about being a community nature conservation volunteer video.

How to apply

To become a community nature conservation volunteer register online or complete an application form[253KB].

If there is a council reserve you are interested in helping without an existing group, you can apply to start your own. Contact the Senior Community Nature Conservation Officer by:

Attend an event, community planting or bush restoration activity

Council holds community planting events and bush restoration activities throughout the year. They are a great opportunity for you to explore our natural reserves and for those with a busy lifestyle.

View the latest Bush hands newsletter and the Events hub for upcoming events and activities.

Corporate Volunteering

Is your organisation looking for an outdoor experience that inspires individual development, team building and also gives something back to the environment? Projects can be tailored to suit your organisation’s needs. This can range from regular smaller group involvement to larger one-off corporate days.

Council’s Community Nature Conservation Program has been working with corporate organisations and volunteers for over 18 years. The corporate volunteer teams have planted over 19,000 trees, removed environmental weeds and helped local bush care groups restore numerous sites across the region.

An experienced team leader will be onsite to lead your corporate volunteering day, to ensure the day is a great success and that you are provided with:

  • Onsite safety induction
  • Equipment and materials
  • A site tour to understand the natural values of the area and what your organisation will be doing to help achieve long term conservation goals
  • An organised and safe experience for your team.

Learn more about being a community nature conservation corporate volunteer.

For more information contact the Senior Community Nature Conservation Officer by:


Sponsorship packages are available for you or your organisation. You will be contributing to the conservation efforts of our volunteers.

For more information contact the Senior Community Nature Conservation Officer by:

Community nature conservation program guidelines

The guidelines explain the objectives of the Community Nature Conservation Program:
  • the process for becoming a volunteer
  • your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer
  • council’s role, rights and responsibilities under the charter.

View the community nature conservation guidelines[1137KB].