The valuable contributions from communities

Communities across the Port Phillip and Western Port region provide an immense pool of knowledge, skills, services and funds that play a vital role in the successful achievement of a better environment for the region.

Activities of the broader community – groups undertaking on-ground works, landholders improving farm practices, council activities, indigenous involvement in environmental projects and organisational support to improve the environment – are all key pieces that help make our region a better place to live.

2.3 million (or 42.1% of) people over 15 years of age volunteer in Victoria, each contributing an average of 224 hours a year or 4.3 hours every week with and for their fellow Victorians. In 2019, the value of volunteering to Victoria was $58.1 billion dollars.

The role of our community groups in educating and encouraging others cannot be underestimated.  These groups provide others the opportunity to act responsibly, to influence others, to develop new skills, knowledge and employment, and they to provide leadership in improving our catchments, coasts and seas.