Friends of the Organ Pipes National Park

The Organ Pipes National Park is situated off the Calder Freeway, almost opposite the Speedway and contains one of Melbourne's premier natural attractions.  The Friends group was formed in 1972, and boasts the oldest Friends group in Australia. 
The Friends have helped transform what was then totally degraded farmland to re-establish an area of indigenous vegetation. Since 1997, the Friends have been working on "Costa's block" in the south of the Park. Many volunteers and thousands of hours have been spent removing old car bodies, thistles, prickly pear etc.  Along the creek a solid wall of boxthorn, willows and blackberry have hindered the Friends' activity, but access for machinery to the creek via tracks is relatively easy. With funding from Melbourne Water and Parks Victoria, the Friends group has employed contractors to remove some boxthorn from an area above the creek. The Friends have also undertaken poisoning of willows and removal of boxthorn along the creek. Much weeding and replanting have been done near the Calder Highway above the riparian zone. There are also active research projects on local bats and sugar gliders.

Contact: Terry Lane, Convener, 9364 3587
Website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~foopnp/

2018

FOOPs Work Program

*Subject to change

Month

Activity

Saturday

February 23rd

Weeding at Millbrook ruin/Boxthorn cut and dab

Prickly Pear removal*

Saturday 

March 23rd

Weeding at Millbrook ruin/Boxthorn cut and dab

Prickly Pear removal*

Saturday

April 27th

Redgum Flat planting/ Tree Frames*    

Saturday

May 25th

Redgum Flat planting/ Tree Frames*      

Saturday

June 22rd

Redgum Flat planting/ Tree Frames*   

Sunday

July 28th

National Tree Day

Planting with Brimbank Council(site to be advised)

Saturday

August 24th

Costas Block/Planting/Weeding/Tree Frames* 

Sunday

September 28th

Costas Block/Weeding/Tree Frames* 

Saturday

October 26th

Wildflower survey/Calder Rail Reserve/Diggers Rest Rail Reserve (see what's in flower)

Saturday

November 23rd

Visit Burns Padock to assess site for work to start early 2020 

Saturday

December 14th or 21st

Small jobs and anything that needs to be done

 Committee Meeting and BBQ

Any time:

Prickly Pearing anywhere in the park! 
(Good for Character development!! )