Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is starting a local group in Goulburn with a focus on the environment.
ACF community group leader in Goulburn, Elizabeth Grice, says that the group will help raise funds for the work of the non-political organisation.
"Our future projects would include approaching decision makers on behalf of the community over adverse environmental decisions," she said.
"There was a time when we used to have koalas in the area and now that has changed. Unfortunately, the world is in what has been described by scientists as the 6th Great Extinction.
"The drought and the bushfires have probably heightened most people's awareness of the threat to our iconic species such as the koala, platypus, echidna, wallabies and kangaroos.
"Also other lesser known (outside of Australia) species such as the greater glider, bilby, quolls and of course the nesting habitats of birds were also destroyed.
"We want to work on things like these and more that are a detriment to the local wildlife and create an environment that will help the future generations."
The organisation is holding a 'welcome' morning meeting on June 23 at Goulburn Worker's Club.
"If you are passionate about the wellbeing of our planet and want to take action to protect our natural world, please come along to our meeting this month to find out more," Mrs Grice said.
So far, the group in Goulburn, headed by Mrs Grice and her husband Roger, has eight members and they are looking to connect with more locals.
"It's a free event where we will share information about the Australian Conservation Foundation, current campaign priorities and volunteer opportunities in the Goulburn area with other like-minded people who are passionate about similar issues," Mrs Grice said.
The ACF is Australia's national environmental organisation with over 700,000 members and over 40 local community groups. It is an independent, non-partisan organisation that is funded by donations from the community.
It was first formed in 1965 following suggestions from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who visited Australia in 1963 with the World Wildlife Fund.
Since then, they have advocated against polluting projects like the Jabiluka uranium lease, won World Heritage listing for the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu.
If you'd like to meet them and have a chat, you can also head to the Parkside Market on June 12 where ACF members will be present.
For further information, get in touch with Elizabeth on 0478087173 or email Goulburn789@yahoo.com.
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