Gardens for Wildlife (G4W) is a free program that equips gardeners of all abilities with the support and materials they need to create a wildlife-friendly garden in Casey.
Residents can register their interest to receive in-person advice about how to create habitat in their own garden, as well as a voucher to purchase indigenous plants.
About the G4W program
G4W is run through a partnership between the City of Casey and the Casey community in affiliation with Gardens for Wildlife Victoria. The program fosters the community’s understanding of local biodiversity, while also serving to create connections between residents and support nearby indigenous nurseries to do their important work.
The G4W program has many benefits. Participants will:
- Learn how to enhance their garden in a way which attracts local wildlife
- Receive a free garden assessment including advice on local indigenous plants
- Become part of a network of like-minded people and experience a greater sense of community.
Our applications for a garden visit are currently at capacity so we are not taking registrations at this time. Please check back at a later stage or alternatively you can leave your name and email so that we can notify you when applications open.
The G4W program is powered by volunteers. Thank you for your patience in waiting for your garden visit to be scheduled.
Want to know more?
Learn more about the G4W program and keep up to date with environmental news in Casey through:
- Green Living Casey
- Gardens for Wildlife Victoria
- Or subscribe to the Green Living in Casey Newsletter
Become a G4W Volunteer
Anyone who is interested in helping others create a space which promotes local wildlife is encouraged to apply to be a volunteer 'Garden Guide'.
Garden Guides will:
- Receive training in wildlife-friendly gardening
- Create connections with other passionate locals
- Become part of the G4W network.
You do not need expert knowledge of gardening or biodiversity to apply. You are welcome to submit your application to be part of the next intake. A Council officer will be in touch with you to discuss your application.
Read the full G4W Garden Guide volunteer role description
Title: Gardens for Wildlife Garden Guide volunteer
Department: Sustainability & Waste
Division: Sustainability & Environment
Reports To: Environment Projects Officer
Enquiries: Simonette Charles, Environment Projects Officer – 9709 9428
Location: Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive Narre Warren
The Gardens for Wildlife program assists Casey residents to create a garden that will attract and support local wildlife. Through the program, residents receive a property visit, wildlife gardening information kit and updates on local activities where they can build new skills and meet likeminded residents. They will also be given a voucher to purchase indigenous plants at nearby nurseries.
The garden guides play a vital role in the Gardens for Wildlife program, acting as ambassadors for the program and friendly and open educators. Garden guides conduct one-off visits to participating gardens to provide information on environmental weeds that may be present and how they can be removed or controlled, as well as the indigenous/native plants and features that can be included in the garden to provide safe habitat for local wildlife. Volunteers will also prepare a follow up report that will be given to the resident as a record of the advice they have given.
As a Casey Gardens for Wildlife volunteer your duties may include:
- Conduct residential garden visits within the municipality of Casey together with another volunteer or council staff member. Appointments will be scheduled by the Program Coordinator
- Provide site specific information on habitat creation, weed control and other relevant aspects as directed by the program coordinator within the context of the existing home garden. Training in wildlife gardening will be provided to all volunteers.
- Take written notes on observations (to be used in creation of the follow up report for the resident). Notes should be provided (via email) to the program coordinator for review within 7 days
- Adhere to all Council policies and procedures that are relevant to the volunteer role
- Operate in a manner that includes awareness of risk at all times, including advising Council of any changes in your circumstances that may impact on your ability to perform your volunteer role safely.
- Treat participants with courtesy aligning with customer service practices that meet both the community’s needs and also Council’s needs
- If any concerns, incidents or improvement opportunities are identified, discuss these with the program coordinator.
- Attend required induction, training and meetings as outlined by the program coordinator.
As a volunteer at the City of Casey you are entitled to:
- A satisfying role that has taken into consideration your interests, temperament, capabilities and time available
- Know what work is expected of you and to whom you are accountable
- Information about the City of Casey and the people you work with that helps you do your role well
- Work in a safe and healthy environment in accordance with the OH&S Act 2004
- Be treated fairly and shown respect
- Be appointed and treated within the Equal Opportunity Act and Anti-Discrimination Legislation
- Be provided with appropriate training
- Be provided with adequate supervision and support
- Be provided with an induction
- Be provided with access to a grievance procedure
- Have your information stored and confidentially maintained in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014
- Withdraw from the service or program.
City of Casey expectations of volunteers
As a volunteer at the City of Casey you are expected to:
- Follow your supervisor’s instructions
- Respect City of Casey policies and Code of Conduct.
- Agree to work in a safe and healthy manner in line with the OHS Act 2004
- Be reliable and commit, where possible, to the agreed Duty Statement and working arrangements
- Appreciate and respect the confidentiality of information to which you may be exposed
- Nominate an emergency contact person, prior to commencing with Council
- Notify City of Casey at registration and when necessary of any pre-existing medical conditions that could be aggravated or any special needs that need accommodating
- Be honest, we all make mistakes. It is useful to discuss and learn from these
- Report injuries and complete an incident report for any injuries, incidents or near misses
- Notify your supervisor with adequate notice if you are no longer able to participate.
The City of Casey Council has requirements that must be met. These may include:
- Completion of the volunteer insurance registration form
- Criminal records check / Working with Children check
- Sign the Volunteer Induction Checklist
- Read the Code of Conduct for Volunteers.
- Reliability, flexibility and patience
- Ability to engage with local community members
- Ability to read computer screens and printed documents
- Ability to communicate clearly both by telephone and face to face
- Ability to participate in a variety of relevant activities.
Volunteers may become aware of private information while volunteering in one of City of Casey’s programs/services. It is important that volunteers understand they have a responsibility not to share this information. Confidential information includes a client’s personal life, including medical and financial affairs. It includes the business transactions, affairs, property, policies or activities of the Council program.
A volunteer’s service with the City of Casey will be discontinued if:
- Council receives notice from the volunteer of their resignation; or
- Council considers the volunteer has acted contrary to the Code of Conduct.
Upon resignation or termination, volunteers must return volunteer identification badges and any other Council property in their possession.
Gardens for Wildlife booklet
The Gardens for Wildlife booklet is full of information and advice to help you create your own wildlife-friendly garden.
The following resources are also available:
- Colouring sheet: What makes a Wildlife Garden
- Information poster: What makes a Wildlife Garden
- Your sustainable garden guide
Habitat Hero Video Series
Watch our video series to get some tips on how to create a wildlife friendly garden. From six easy steps to inspirational stories from Casey residents who have transformed their own properties into wildlife havens, these short videos will inspire you and provide practical advice.
Indigenous Plant Nurseries
Planting Indigenous plants in your garden has many benefits. You can find out more about the Indigenous Plants in Casey and see our Sustainable Garden Guide for tips.
Nurseries which stock indigenous plants that are suitable for gardens in Casey are listed below:
- Cranbourne Gardens Growing Friends - Cranbourne
- Conservation Collective - Somerville
- Green Circle Nursery - Beaconsfield Upper
- Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery - Belgrave
- Cardinia Environment Coalition Nursery - Deep Creek