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Local Partners

Phillip Island Nature Parks is proud to work with the below local community groups to ensure the conservation of the island’s unique plants, animals and cultural and historical sites.

A full list of volunteer Coast and Bushland groups in the area can be found on the Bass Coast Shire Council website. 


Friends of Churchill Island Society (FOCIS) 

The Friends of Churchill Island Society (FOCIS) is a group of enthusiastic people passionate about the history and natural environment of Churchill Island.
FOCIS raises funds through membership subscriptions and other activities which are channelled back into various projects around the Churchill Island. Over the years FOCIS has been responsible for purchasing items to recreate the historical ambience of the place. FOCIS volunteers assist with guiding, animal and pest control, maintenance and researching and archiving. FOCIS welcomes new members.

Friends of the Koalas (FOK)

The Friends of Koalas is a not-for-profit community organisation that formed in March 1990 in response to alarming declines in Phillip Island’s koala population. In cooperation with Phillip Island Nature Parks, the Friends of Koalas conduct regular surveys on the population status of Phillip Island’s koalas and encourage the reporting of sightings. Members also meet on the first Saturday of each month to plant trees, remove weeds and restore and protect habitat. New members welcome.
Ph: 03 5952 2407


Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve (FOSER)

The Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve assist Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council and Parks Victoria in managing the Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve which opened on 01 July 2015.  We monitor and remove weeds, assist with new plantings and provide community input to the management of the Reserve.   

Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve is located opposite 1265 Phillip Island Road, in between Newhaven and Surf Beach. 

New volunteers are always welcome. Contact John Eddy at or via the Phillip Island Conservation Society’s (PICS) Facebook page at


Phillip Island Landcare Group

In a partnership spanning 14 years, Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Phillip Island Landcare Group have worked together on sustainable land management on Phillip Island.
The Phillip Island Landcare Group work on pest plant and animal control, revegetation and remnant protection across Phillip Island to help maintain a wildlife corridor, and the Urban Landcare program which encourages sustainable urban living.
Ph: 03 5678 2335

Phillip Island Conservation Society

The Phillip Island Conservation Society (PICS) is a non-profit community organisation that works collaboratively to promote environmental protection and conservation of natural resources on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Other local partners and volunteer groups that assist Phillip Island Nature Parks and work to improve the natural values on Phillip Island include:

  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • BirdLife Bass Coast
  • Cape Woolamai Coast Action Group
  • Coast Action/Coast Care Community Grant Program
  • Cowes Coast Action Group
  • Destination Phillip Island
  • Friends of Silverleaves Foreshore
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Hi-cone ECO CARRIERS
  • Hooded Plover Watch
  • Local schools and students
  • Newhaven Coast Action Group
  • Newhaven, Wonthaggi and Cowes Vet Clinics
  • Penguin jumper volunteers
  • Penguin study groups
  • Phillip Island and District Historical Society
  • Phillip Island Parks Association
  • Phillip Island Tourism and Business Association
  • Rhyll Coast Action Group
  • Shearwater Rescue Volunteers
  • Silverleaves Conservation Society
  • Smiths Beachcomber Association Inc
  • Surf Beach – Sunderland Bay Coast Action Group
  • Ventnor West Coast Action Group
  • Ventnor Coast Care Association Inc.
  • Wildlife Rescue Volunteers
  • Wildlife Shelter Operators
  • Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club
  • YCW Coast Action