Volunteer for the Mornington Peninsula Shire

1.Overview

There are many opportunities to volunteer for us, including areas such as arts and culture, environment and parks, delivered meals, animals and events. 

2.Shire Nursery

Our Nursery welcomes volunteers with an interest in growing plants and gardening. Volunteering at the nursery provides an opportunity to build on existing horticultural skills, meet new people and learn about our local flora. There are a variety of tasks available including propagation, seed cleaning and sorting, planting, potting, weeding and the preparation of materials for nursery staff. No experience is necessary.

Contact:
Phone: 5974 8417 or email nursery@mornpen.vic.gov.au
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am - 3.30pm.
First Saturday of each month: 9am - 1.00pm.

3.Environmental Volunteers

There are a variety of opportunities available to people with an interest in our environment and working outdoors. Assisting in these programs allows volunteers to meet new people and gain an understanding of their local environment.

Contact:
Friends of Bushland Reserves (Shire managed reserves): 5950 1263
Friends of Bushland Reserves (Parks Victoria): 13 19 63
Landcare and catchment groups: 5950 1263
Coast Action Volunteers (Parks Victoria): 13 19 63 

4.Recreation Community Partnerships

Our Recreation team manages our active sport reserves and community halls. Opportunities exist at many of these facilities to be part of the committee of management or local management support group looking after halls and reserves.

Contact:
Phone: 5950 1000

5.Community and Special Events

The Community and Special Events team has opportunities for volunteers to be involved in a range of events across the peninsula.

Contact:
Phone: 1300 850 600

6.Home library service

Our Libraries provides free monthly deliveries of library materials to housebound residents through its Home Library Service.  Volunteers select and deliver items to a resident or residents living in their local community where possible. All volunteers are required to undergo a police check. 

Contact:
Home Library Service Coordinator, phone : 5982 0126 or email: homelibraryservice@mornpen.vic.gov.au

7.Delivered meals

We deliver more than 350 meals per day to older persons and people with disabilities, five days a week. Volunteers are required to deliver meals for approximately two hours in the morning using their own roadworthy vehicles and they receive a contribution toward petrol costs. You can decide how often you wish to donate your time. It can be once a week, once a month or whatever suits you. Volunteers are required to be caring, alert, and non-judgemental with an interest in older persons and people with a disability.

Contact:
Volunteer Support Officer, phone: 5950 1600

8.The Briars, Mt Martha

The Briars in Mount Martha has volunteers to undertake a wide range of activities including within the historic homestead as tour guides. Volunteers who prefer to work outside can perform environmental tasks such as track patrols, noxious and environmental weed control, tree planting and mulching, wildlife surveys, fencing and working in the heritage homestead flower and vegetable garden. Volunteers can also assist with the Junior Ranger Program held during the school holidays and at other community events. Volunteers are also an integral part of the general maintenance of the property.

Contact:
Sue Brabender, phone: 5974 3686 or email: the.briars@mornpen.vic.gov.au  

Experience the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from the inside, become an ambassador and share your time and skills, meet new friends, and become part of a unique experience. MPRG has many volunteer opportunities available for both short and long term commitments, including assisting with front of house, exhibition attendants and gallery guides. People with good communication skills and an interest in art would be suited to these positions.

Contact:
Phone: 5975 4395 or email: mprg@mornpen.vic.gov.au

10.Community animal shelter

Volunteering at the Community Animal Shelter provides an opportunity to become actively involved in your community by promoting animal welfare and raising awareness and understanding of responsible pet ownership, as well as sharing time and expertise with
like-minded people.

Qualified and experienced volunteers get to assist the Community’s Animal Shelter staff with a range of tasks including: day-to-day operations of the kennels and cattery; feeding and cleaning the animals and their enclosures; grooming; assisting with rehabilitative training to greatly improve the re-homing opportunities for unclaimed and surrendered pets and; assisting staff to find permanent, responsible homes for unwanted pets.

Contact:
Phone: 5975 2596

11.Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre

Located in Dromana, the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre provides an efficient, effective and comprehensive information service for visitors, local tourism operators, the community and the travel trade.

Volunteers are required for a minimum of four hours per week covering a seven-day roster. Volunteer responsibilities include customer service; responding to incoming phone enquiries; recording accommodation and ticketing enquiries; collecting and collating visitation statistics; mailing suitable information; maintaining brochure displays and storage and; souvenir sales and general administrative duties.

Contact:
Volunteer Coordinator Ebony Flett, phone: 5987 3078 or email: info@tourism.mornpen.vic.gov.au 

12.Strategic planning

Opportunities are usually of an advisory nature with volunteers providing information into the preparation of land use policies and strategies and coastal management processes. These opportunities are advertised as they become available.

Contact:
Roz Franklin, phone: 5950 1911