Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater have a passion for protecting and increasing habitat. Our school, community group and corporate planting days are focussed on Woori Yallock Creek within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. Our current projects are supported by funding through Melbourne Water Community Grants, the Australian Government's Caring for our Country Community Action Grants, Parks Victoria Healthy Parks Healthy People Grants, Department of Sustainability and Environment and Yarra4Life.
The Friends nursery supplies indigenous tubestock for habitat plantings in the Woori Yallock Creek sub-catchment. It is overseen by a paid worker but runs on volunteer effort. We welcome new people.
Community education & promotional activities
The Friends are currently:
- Putting habitat plants into the ground through our own activities and by supplying plants to local projects
- Contributing expertise, plant stock and revegetation activities to the '2 Million Trees Program' at Yellingbo NCR
- Re-invigorating our Ambassadors Program
- Actively supporting the Helmeted Honeyeater supplementary feeding program.
Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are key stakeholders in Yarra4Life, a major project of Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) to promote and support the protection and enhancement of native vegetation on private land throughout the Woori Yallock Creek sub-catchment. Wildlife populations such as the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum cannot survive in isolated pockets of bushland like Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve indefinitely. Their long-term survival and that of a host of other fauna and flora species that co-exist with them is dependent on habitat links on public and private land.
PPWCMA has received significant funding to protect and conserve habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum from 2010–2016. This will predominantly focus on (but is not limited to) private land. A committee with reps from Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, Yarra Ranges Council, Casey and Cardinia, Parks Vic, DEPI, SE Water, Land for Wildlife etc.
For further information, please contact the Yarra4Life Coordinator, Mary-Kate Hockey on 0418 346 005, 8781 7943 or email
Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association
Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association is an amazing local organisation of volunteers that raise many thousands of dollars each year to help protect Australia's wildlife. Two properties have been purchased in recent years and handed over to Parks Victoria management to be included as part of Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve directly providing habitat now and into the future for many species in this region.
Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association are true friends to Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater and we would encourage you to visit their shop when you're in Healesville. Donations and volunteers are also welcomed at Judith Eardley!
Woori Yallock Creek Park Alliance are working to connect and protect crown land, bringing it under the proposed Yellingbo State Emblems Park
Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are key stakeholders in a project to bring together, and protect under legislation, the major remnant bushland reserves and parks in the region. The park would be called Yellingbo State Emblems Park. Together with other environmental groups the Friends are working with State government to bring the streamside vegetation corridors linking Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Bunyip State Park, Warramate, Butterfield Reserve and Kurth Kiln State Park under unified legislation to protect them into perpetuity.
This project has seen great progress in 2014. Read more:
July 2014. Applications are sought for four (4) community representative members to the Yellingbo Conservation Area Coordinating Committee. They will join a representative from each of Parks Victoria, Dept of Environment & Primary Industries, Zoos Victoria, Trust for Nature, Port Phillip & Westernport CMA, Yarra Ranges and Cardinia Councils. A convenor will be appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
11 March 2014. The Victorian Government Response to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) Yellingbo Investigation was tabled in Parliament. The government response supports all of VEAC's recommendations in full or in principle.
7 August 2013. The final report is now available and being considered by the State Government. Government is expected to report on the recommendations within 6 months.
25 March 2013. The 2nd consultation phase closes.
10 January 2012. Mountain Views Mail reports that the public are being invited to have their say on VEAC's Yellingbo Investigation - that will make plans to identify the biodiversity and ecological values in the area,
identify current and future threats and make recommendations for
appropriate management arrangements
6 September 2011. Mountain Views/ Upper Yarra Mail newspapers reported Woori Yallock Creek Park Alliance has received bi-partisan support for a
project that would form a new state park to protect Victoria's
endangered flora and fauna
Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Team
A recovery team is established to guide and coordinate the management and recovery of endangered species. Since its inception in 1989, Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater have been represented on the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Team and its sub-group, the Operations Group. The long term aim of the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Team is to have 10 different colonies of Helmeted Honeyeaters in separate but inter-connected geographic locations. For further information about the groups represented on the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Team refer to Links page.
Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassadors' Program
The Ambassadors' Program is an enrichment program for primary school aged students who show leadership skills and demonstrate an interest in learning more about the Helmeted Honeyeater and its place within the environment. Through hands on experiences, the program builds knowledge about our local endangered species and encourages children to be Ambassadors amongst their peers. Since 2007 both Yellingbo & Macclesfield Primary Schools have been involved in this program.
Jamie from Year 4 Yellingbo Primary School writes about the Helmeted Honeyeater's predators: “The ENEMIES are BAD, sharp clawed, fierce, angry and good hunters. Those ENEMIES are cats, BIG birds, snakes and BIG animals. They can eat the He Ho in a easy bite or gulp. So the He Ho stays in the prickly currant bush so he/she cannot get eaten.“
Jamie has encapsulated the issues really well and was amongst a fantastic group of Ambassadors in 2010. Thank you Jamie.
Yarra Ranges Landcare Network
A network of 10 local environment groups have been successful in gaining 4+ years funding for a Landcare Facilitator. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater host this position. Anne Fitzpatrick is the Landcare Facilitator and can be contacted by:
p: 0488 766 113
We would like to acknowledge the support of our funding partners