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 24th

Weeding at Millbrook ruin

Boxthorn cut and dab*

Saturday 

March 24th

Weeding at Millbrook Ruin

Fence Removal, Tree Frames*

Saturday

April 28th

Weeding, Fence Removal, Tree Frames*    

Saturday

May 26th

Planting, Weeding, Tree Frames*    

Saturday

June 23rd

Planting, Weeding, Tree Frames* 

Sunday

July 29th

National Tree Day

Planting with Brimbank Council(site to be advised)

Saturday

August 25th

Planting, Weeding, Tree Frames* 

Sunday

September 22nd

Weeding, Fence Removal, Tree Frames*

Saturday

October 27th

Wildflower Survey in Organ Pipes with LaTrobe University 

Saturday

November 24th

Visit Banchory Grove, Calder Rail Reserve, Diggers Rest Rail Reserve (see what's in flower) 

Saturday

December 8th

 Committee Meeting and BBQ

Any time:

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