Volunteer Groups

 

There are a number of ways that individuals can participate in our community to promote and assist our environment.  By volunteering your time you will contribute positively to your community, develop new skills and meet lots of new people.  There are a number of groups in the Wagga Wagga area that you can get involved with.  For further information about any of the following groups or to list your own group please contact Wagga Wagga City Council's Environmental Education Officer on 1300 292 442 or email sustainablewagga@wagga.nsw.gov.au.

Be The Change

Be the Change –Wagga Wagga is part of a national organisation, Be The Change - Australia, that educates, inspires and empowers individuals, organisations and communities to act towards a social and environmentally just future. It sees the present "dream" of materialism instrumental in the decline in social and environmental justice and spiritual isolation in the world.

The group gives presentations that look at social, environmental and spiritual issues facing society today and in the future.  It challenges individuals to examine how satisfied they are with the present situation in their families, communities, country and world.  Finally suggestions are made that will assist people to make changes that they wish to see for their families, community and country. The local group is available to give presentations varying from ½ hr to the Symposium which lasts 4 hours.

Contact Meri on 0428 215 019 or Patricia on 0438 211 803 to get involved.

CROW - Climate Rescue of Wagga

CROW is a group that works to educate the community, lobby politicians and encourage action on climate change.  The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Wagga Wagga City Library from 5:30pm - 7pm.  Contact the group at info@crow.org.au for more information see their website.

Demonstration Gardens Wagga Wagga

The Demonstration Gardens Wagga Wagga is a community site where anyone can learn the skills of growing produce and contribute to this valuable resource.  This space also provides inspiration on all things repurposed and upcycled ensuring that nothing goes to waste.

See the Demonstration Gardens website for opening times. 

Erin Earth

Erin Earth is a sustainable house and garden in central Wagga Wagga.  Established by two dedicated Catholic Sisters and supported by enthusiastic volunteers, this valuable resource aims to educate and engage the community in energy conservation, minimising water consumption, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and promoting a lifestyle that sustains the whole person.

Learn more about Erin Earth here

Landcare

There are around 6,000 active Landcare groups across Australia working on projects to protect our environment and native fauna.  Projects undertaken by local Landcare groups included targeted woody weed removal, salinity management, soil erosion management, remnant vegetation restoration and creek and river bank stabilisation. 

The Tarcutta Valley Landcare Group hold meetings on the last Tuesday of each month at the Tarcutta RSL Club from 7:30pm.  New members are most welcome.

Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare meet bi-monthly.  Contact the group at chair@wwul.org.au for more information.

Permaculture Riverina

Permaculture is about design and practice for sustainable living. By designing your house, garden or farm like a natural system, you can save yourself a lot of work, energy and eliminate waste. Permaculture Riverina is a group of friendly and enthusiastic people who get together regularly for activity days. The group focuses on growing your own fruit and vegetables, reuse and recycling and sustainable living. They share knowledge and experiences on greener lifestyles, with an emphasis on permaculture principles. You can join in whether a beginner or have experience. Contact John Smith on 02 69266882, or email Aileen Cooke at aileencooke1@yahoo.com.au 

REAP by OzHarvest Wagga Wagga

REAP by OzHarvest Wagga Wagga aims to divert food that otherwise would have been wasted and disposed of through landfill to charities than can redistribute the food to those that need it.

Local operations began in September 2012 by two dedicated volunteers.  Growing to a small team of six, the volunteers redistribute food from Trappers Bakery and Aldi South City to charities including St Vinnies, Salvation Army and the Youth Refuge.
More volunteers are needed to help salvage more food to give to those who need it most.  If you are available for collection and drop off of donated food on Monday, Friday or Saturday mornings and have access to your own vehicle please contact John on 0427 315 684 or via jwfoord@gmail.com.  Find out more about REAP by OzHarvest here.

Wagga Wagga Sensory Garden

The Wagga Wagga Sensory Garden provides a safe and welcoming space for all members of the community, especially those with a disability.  Visitors can experience diverse textures, sounds, smells and space whilst contributing to the growth of the garden in a meaningful way.

Visitors are welcome to drop by Tuesdays and Fridays between 10am and 12noon.

The Wagga Wagga Sensory Gardens is located behind the Wagga Wagga Mens Shed.  Access is via Veale Street Ashmont.

Wagga Wagga Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Committee

The Wagga Wagga Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Committee coordinates the annual entries to the Keep Australia Beautiful Awards and recognises local business and community groups for their dedication to the environment.  The committee works closely with Wagga Wagga City Council to conduct anti-litter campaigns such as Clean Up Australia Day and Clean Up Wagga Wagga Day.

The Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5pm- 6pm at the Wagga Wagga City Council Chambers.  All interested persons are invited to attend.