About the Friends
The Friends of the Brisbane Ranges is an active group which was formed as one of the early Friends groups in 1982. We provide opportunities for people to meet socially and learn about the environment, ecology, flora, fauna, and history of the Brisbane Ranges National Park and Steiglitz Historic Park.
We have just celebrated our 30th birthday in 2012 and as part of this celebration with our founding members, we produced a history booklet - FoBRs first 30 years.
We are part of the statewide network of National Park Friends Groups, initiated and organised by the Victorian National Parks Association, one of Victoria's leading non-government conservation organisations.
Friends volunteers contribute to projects designed, in liaison with park rangers, to assist in the enhancement and management of our national parks. With members drawn from all walks of life, the groups are able to provide useful feedback from a broad perspective to parks management. On the ground, members help in flora and fauna surveys, track marking, tree planting and similar activities.
Groups are also able to apply for grants to help with more ambitious projects, including publications about their park such as the items we now have For Sale - Wildflowers of the Brisbane Ranges' book, Flora CD and the new Brisbane Ranges Map.
The Friends of Brisbane Ranges has an exciting Calendar of Events that includes a variety of activities. We often meet 10am on second Sunday of each month but some events are being held on Saturdays and other days and there is no January meeting. See our monthly Newsletters for venue details and please come along and join us!
You can also keep up to date with our Facebook Page - a great place for posting any special sightings, comments or helping others with possible identifications for photos of wildlife and plants.
Why not join us - you will be very welcome! Please contact us for any further information.
Parks Victoria Community Grant projects such as Steiglitz picnic shelter, Anakie Gorge picnic shelter, Anakie Gorge walking track bridges, interpretative signage for Steiglitz mines.
Ongoing projects involve revegetation in Anakie Gorge, Stony Creek, Boar Gully camp site, Bert Boardman's picnic site Steiglitz, restoration of Heritage Orchard Steiglitz as well as seed collection and propagation at the community nursery, Parks Victoria Anakie depot. There is always some clearing and maintaining of walking tracks and reserve areas, removing weeds, pest plants and fighting Cinnamon Fungus to improve our wonderful parks.
By the way, we also enjoy ourselves!