Blairgowrie Friends of Mornington Peninsula National Park


Blairgowrie Friends of Mornington Peninsula National Park (BFMPNP) is a volunteer environmental action group who work to enhance the biodiversity and sustainability of the Mornington Peninsula National Park (MPNP) in and around Blairgowrie. BFMPNP is part of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network.

BFMPNP’s key restoration and revegetation sites are at Dimmicks Beach, Ritchies Beach, Spray Point and Koonya Grassy Bowl and Moonah Woodland. We have received a substantial Landcare Grant for the Koonya Grassy Bowl Project.

BFMPNP holds regular working bees (always followed by a convivial morning tea or brunch). We welcome new volunteers at any time.

Details of their work and all contact details can be found on the BFMPNP website ( and their Facebook page:


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Restoration of Koonya Grassy Bowl and Moonah Woodland

The goals of our Koonya Grassy Bowl project are to rehabilitate and revegetate Koonya Grassy Bowl and Moonah Woodland (KGBMW), and thereby contribute to the promotion of the environmental health and biodiversity of MPNP. To achieve our goals, we intend to broaden our volunteer base and build community engagement with the Rosebud Secondary College (RSC) community, local residents and visitors to this important site.

We plan to complete the project in stages over the next three years. In this first stage (2023), we will:

  • Conduct regular working bees to (i) reduce and control invasive weeds in the KGBMW in order to liberate existing overrun indigenous species and to promote emergent indigenous species and (ii) replant and plant missing species.
  • Build volunteer capacity by engaging with the RSC community in our working bees to give them hands-on field work alongside our experienced volunteers under the supervision of Parks rangers. This activity will be integrated with RSC students’ existing curriculum subject areas;

Increase our new volunteer engagement and environmental knowledge through workshops, educational activities and training led by local environmental experts Gidja Walker OAM and Mal Legg.

Restoration of the Koonya Grassy Bowl and Moonah Woodland project is funded through the state government 2023 Victorian Landcare Project Grant