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New Friends Groups

A key objective of the KKA is to support and nurture new Friends and Advisory Groups.

This page focusses upon the new Friends groups that the KKA has already helped getting started. If you would like help with starting a new group, please visit our Setting up a new group page.


Back 2 Nettleton

The Back 2 Nettleton Friends Group formed in 2020 at the height of Covid, a difficult time for many. The group benefited from the network of Friends groups who were able to provide advice, hands on experience and tools for this new group. Through their dynamic leadership, Back 2 Nettleton now has over 50 members and is now a truly well-established group with a bright future. You can find out more about the group here.

The groups has broadened its community network to include:

  • Boroondara Council
  • ACF Malvern
  • St Oswalds Anglican Church
  • Urban Guerrillas
  • Backyard Biodiversity
  • 1st Glen Iris Scouts
  • U3A.

You can find out more about the group here.


Urban Guerrillas

The Urban Guerrillas were formed in 2021 doing “guerrilla revegetation” in a disturbed section of the creek during the Covid outbreak. As a start-up, youth-based, group of environmentalists they benefited from mentorship, support, advice and tools to enable them to grow into a vibrant young group now with over 300 members. They combine hands on planting with information sessions and have several successful projects under their belt and many more in the pipeline. They have broadened their community Network to include:

  • Deakin University
  • Friends of Gardiners Creek Reserve
  • Whitehorse Council
  • Boroondara Council
  • Melbourne Water
  • Yarra RiverKeeper
  • Local Schools

The Creek Beyond the Lake

The Creek Beyond the Lake is in its infancy and occupies a very important position at the headwaters of the catchment.

  • Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Advisory Committee
  • Local Schools
  • Melbourne Water.

You can find out more about the group here.


Ashburton Creek

Ashburton Creek is a subgroup of Back 2 Nettleton, based in Glen Iris. It exemplifies the problems that new groups face. They want to work ultra local and have as little paperwork as possible. A solid team of 8 meet weekly to weed and do site preparation for winter planting.

  • Summerhill Kinder
  • Boroondara Council

Back Creek Boys and Girls / John Gardiner Rovers

John Gardiner Rovers Crew is part of the 1st Glen Iris Scout Group and under our umbrella we have assisted them taking over the maintenance of a section of Back Creek biodiversity corridor.

  • Boroondara Council
  • 1st Glen Iris Scouts

You can find out more about the group here.


Friends of Gardiners Creek

Friends of Gardiners Creek Reserve

This group has a large site covering 17 ha. Working with local community groups, the Friends Group is establishing a pipeline of planting and maintenance with Whitehorse Council – looking forwards with a 5 year planting and maintenance plan.

  • Urban Guerrillas
  • Deakin University
  • City of Whitehorse
  • Melbourne Water

You can find out more about the group here.