1. Plant a bush garden

Planting native species in your garden will encourage birds and butterflies to visit your garden.  Adding rocks, logs and ponds will also make your garden an inviting home for lizards and frogs.

2. See nature in new places

Plants and animals live in all sorts of places, even outside nature reserves. It is important that we protect them by respecting rural properties and creating nature friendly parks and gardens.

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3. Watch your water

Creeks and rivers are very sensitive to pollutants or changes in water flow. You can help maintain their quality by using eco-friendly cleaning supplies, minimising concrete in your garden and filtering storm water through rain gardens. You can also reduce the amount of water you use with water wise plants, mulch, rainwater tanks and shorter showers.

4. Visit your local reserve

Exploring your local bush or grassland is a great way to have fun, get fit and learn more about the environment.  Just remember to minimise your impact as much as possible by walking or cycling only on suitable paths; taking your rubbish home with you and by not collecting firewood, bush rocks, plants or animals.

5. Plant a tree

Trees, especially large mature ones, are a key part of the landscape. They provide shelter, food and breeding sites for many different plants and animals. Planting a tree or looking after a large mature one, helps to make sure that we will still have big trees in the future.

6. Join a Landcare group

Landcare or “Friends of” groups are a fun and social way to get your hands dirty and make a real difference to your reserve. Most groups hold monthly working bees which can include planting, weeding, monitoring and morning tea. Look for signage on reserve gates or contact your catchment group to find out more.

7. Keep your pets contained

Protect your pet and local wildlife by keeping dogs on leash and cats in backyards or inside your homes at all times, include during the day. Dogs and cats can easily become injured or lost in the bush.  Free-roaming cats and dogs also scare and kill local wildlife even if they are well trained or have bells.

8. Encourage nature play with children

Children need lots of outdoor play and connection with nature to boost their thinking skills and creativity, increase their self-esteem, improve resilience and help them reach their full potential.

9. Report illegal dumping

Apart from the terrible environmental impact dumping has on bushland and wildlife, we all end up paying for its removal via our council rates. Quick notification of dumping can save money and reduce impacts.

10. Tell your friends and neighbours

If you feel passionate about our environment, tell someone about it! Let your friends and family know what matters to you by sharing stories and green tips over the dinner table or via email and social media. Writing a letter or making a submission to your local politician is another great way to make your voice heard. Most new developments and other changes to the environment ask for community input, take them up on it!