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Be a Friend to nature and lend a helping hand
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

Volunteers from BERG Mount Martha work on rehabilitating the estuary.

Volunteers across the Peninsula are helping maintain and protect our foreshores and bushland reserves – and you’ve been invited to join them. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is calling on anyone with an interest in nature and a little spare time on their hands to put those hands to work for the betterment of our home.

“Have you enjoyed spending time in nature, getting to know your local bushland and foreshore reserve this past year?” the council said in a statement. “Volunteering for one of our Friends groups is a nice way to give back, and with all activity happening outdoors, it’s COVID-safe too. Currently, we have more than 60 groups of volunteers across the Peninsula. These Friends groups help look after and maintain our land; they are absolutely vital for our natural environments. Our Friends groups can cater for almost all abilities, so don’t be afraid to reach out to discuss your situation. Volunteering can give you a great sense of purpose and can benefit your self-esteem as well as your community.”

“There are many reasons to volunteer,” said Mayor Despi O’Connor. “For some it offers the chance to give something back to their community and connect with nature. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering also benefits our mental health through building new friendships with like-minded people.”

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