What is the Urban Open Space Volunteer Program?

The Urban Open Space Volunteer Program is a community partnership between the local community and the ACT Government. The volunteer program includes urban Landcare groups, friends of’ groups, urban open space volunteer groups, tree maintenance groups, graffiti removal and community art groups. The program allows the community to get involved in a hands‑on way to contribute to the conservation, presentation, and maintenance of Canberra‘s many public urban open space areas. These include:

  • parks
  • playgrounds
  • grasslands
  • green spaces
  • shopping centers
  • creeks, wetlands and lake surrounds.

The ACT Government works with the three ACT Landcare Networks, the Ginninderra, Southern and Molonglo Catchment Groups, to support some of the Volunteer Groups that undertake nature conservation works on urban open space land.

What do Urban Open Space Volunteers do?

Urban Open Space Volunteers make improvements to local urban open space areas and are involved in the following activities:

  • weed control and removal programs
  • horticultural maintenance
  • litter collection
  • monitoring and reporting issues
  • park restoration projects
  • minor tree maintenance activities
  • graffiti removal from fences
  • habitat restoration
  • planting and maintaining plants
  • community education and social events
  • training and workshops
  • conservation projects.

Join an existing urban open space volunteer group

There are 31 existing urban open space volunteer groups across Canberra. Refer to the map below to find an existing active volunteer group near you. Some groups meet regularly while others meet on an ad hoc basis. Contact the Urban Open Space Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Start a new urban open space volunteer group - Getting started

Contact the Urban Open Space Volunteer Coordinator to have a chat about the area of open space you would like to care for and make improvements to. Get together with family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours or special interest groups to increase conservation, pride, participation and beauty in your neighbourhood.

More information

For more information about Urban Open Space volunteering opportunities contact the Urban Open Space Volunteer Coordinator:
p: 6207 0781
e: urbanprograms@act.gov.au

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