Volunteering with Toowoomba Regional Council

We value the positive and extensive contribution that volunteers make to our community and have a number of volunteering opportunities available. We accept volunteers aged between 12 years to 90 years.

For a list of our volunteer programs and information on volunteering with us, please visit our volunteer portal. You can also contact us on 131 872 or send us an email.

Please note that from time to time, volunteer programs reach capacity and are not able to provide volunteer placements.

Advisory committees

We have several advisory committees to help us continue to evolve and meet the changing demands of the community. Find out more about all our advisory committees by visiting the Advisory committees page.

Community park groups

We work with a number of groups across the community that have an interest in supporting the management, maintenance and development of Council urban and bushland parks. For more on these groups, and how you can volunteer with them, please see the information below.

friendsoftheescarpmentparksvolunteersFriends of the Escarpment Parks are a volunteer community group interested in the management, conservation and public use of Toowoomba's bushland escarpment parks.

The group focuses on environmental conservation including the planting of native trees, restoration activities and weed management.

Toowoomba escarpment parks include Redwood Park, Duggan Park, Nielsen Park, Hartmans Reserve, a small section of Jubilee Park, Echo Valley South, Charmaine Court Park at Kleinton and Panorama Crescent Park. The group works to manage and promote the environmental significance of these areas.

Volunteers undertake weeding activities and will, periodically, undertake new plantings, seed collection, and plant and animal identification activities. The opportunity to learn about the ecology of the various parks, plant and animal identification and weed management is also available for volunteers.

Formal activities include an open day once a year, regular spot lighting tours, National Tree Day events and participation in events such as World Environment Day. The group holds management committee meetings every two months.

For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Hugh Krenske on 0418 748 282.

Friends of Franke Scrub are a volunteer community group focused on the management, maintenance, and development of Franke Scrub, one of the Toowoomba Region’s original dry rainforest eco-systems.

Located north of Toowoomba near Highfields, Franke Scrub comprises semi-evergreen vine thicket and is home to 38 types of rainforest tree species, 21 species of shrubs, 16 climbers and 40 other native plant species.

It is an important bird and butterfly breeding area and a corridor for migratory birds, including the rose robin.

Friends of Franke Scrub are involved with weed management activities and vegetation planting to help restore the native habitat.

Park care activities are followed by a social morning tea and chat. New volunteers are welcome.

The group meets on the last Wednesday of the month at Franke Scrub on Franke Road from 8.30-10.30am.

For more information on how to volunteer please contact us.

Related link

Franke Scrub blog

peacehavenparkFriends of Peacehaven Botanical Park work in partnership to develop, maintain and promote the park as a place of recreation, environmental conservation and education.

The Friends are involved with a range of activities including operating a community nursery with a focus on supplying plants that grow within the boundaries of the Toowoomba Region, advocacy for the park and its use, input into park planning, fundraising activities and working bees. The group also collect and document local native plants in their herbarium.

Friends of Peacehaven Botanical Park meet on the first Wednesday of each month between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

The native plant nursery is open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 9am and 12.30pm.

For more information on how to become a volunteer please contact Gus Hamilton on 0417 003 396 or contact us.

Related link

Peacehaven Botanical Park

newtownrosegardenvolunteersFriends of the Queensland State Rose Garden, Newtown Park are focussed on developing the Queensland State Rose Garden into a rose garden of international status.

Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks including gardening, maintenance, guiding tours, creating and selling floral artwork, baking and administration.

Members don't need a specialist understanding of roses or gardening, rather an appreciation for nature and Toowoomba’s outdoor amenity.

The group is open to new volunteers and the ways they can contribute.

The group runs many fundraising activities, including sausage sizzles, garden tea-parties and a variety of other special events. Monies raised contribute to the improvement and development of Newtown Parks’ gazebos, pathways, toilet amenities, gardens and other park facilities.

Volunteers are able to develop their general and rose gardening skills including rose pruning and training, and general care, while enjoying the companionship of friendly, like-minded people.

Friends of the Queensland State Rose Garden meet on the first Monday of each month (except June) at the Rose Cottage and members of the public are always welcome.

For more information on how to volunteer, please contact: President, Regina Albion on 0408 282 515 or Secretary, Lorraine Schiller on 0429 115 140 or 07 4635 5973.

Related links

The Queensland State Rose Garden

The Queensland State Rose Garden Facebook page

The Friends of Rogers Reserve are a small, volunteer group of local residents who aim to restore Rogers Reserve as an urban bushland area located in Highfields, 15 minutes north of Toowoomba.

Volunteers focus on native flora and fauna conservation through the planting of native vegetation and the management of pest plants.

The group meets on the first Friday of the month at 9am at the front entrance to the reserve at Community Court, Highfields. Group meetings and park care activities generally run until 10.30am, followed by a social morning tea and chat.

The group also surveys and records flora and fauna at the reserve which everyone is welcome to participate in. Please contact the group for a wildlife sightings spreadsheet to contribute sightings to their records.

For more information on becoming a volunteer please contact us.

Related link

Rogers Reserve blog

yarramancreekFriends of Yarraman Creek are a small volunteer group of enthusiastic, local residents who aim to restore and conserve the native bushland area along Yarraman Creek, an area which hosts a range of native wildlife including platypus and echidnas and more than 160 bird species.

The group focuses on conserving the environment of the riparian zone (creek bank area) by removing weeds, stabilising the creek banks and replanting the area with local native species to boost bio-diversity in the area.

Award winning group

Friends of Yarraman Creek won the 2016 Healthy Waterways Waterway Stewardship Award in recognition of their achievements and work with the Yarraman community.

For more information on the group please contact us.

Related link

Friends of Yarraman Creek

parks volunteersThe Oakey Urban Landcare group focuses on improving the natural amenity and beauty of the Oakey area’s urban bushland, and developing community awareness about the important environmental role these areas play in the Region’s ecology. The group focuses on conserving the native flora and fauna of Oakey Creek, the creek bank and Stanley Street Reserve, home to lizard and small koala populations.

Volunteers primarily undertake weed management activities and new plantings.

The group also actively participates in community events such as National Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day with assistance from other groups such as Girl Guides.

The Oakey Urban Landcare group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Uniting Church complex on the corner of Cherry and John Streets at 6.30pm.

The group welcomes new volunteers. For more information on volunteering please contact Trevor Cockburn on 0409 633 352.

Community volunteer groups

There are a number of community organisations and groups seeking volunteers across our region. Visit:

  • My Community Directory to learn more about the services available in our community that may offer volunteer opportunities. 
  • Volunteering Queensland to find out about existing volunteer vacancies in our region and across Queensland.
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