Backyard fun great tonic for all the family

Many spots that families love to play and enjoy nature may be closed, but one place that is open to nature-and-fun-lovers is your own backyard.

Playing backyard bingo, learning about growing a sustainable veggie patch, and bird and butterfly watching are all things you can do in your backyard. They are also part of the programs Council’s Environment team is adapting to support families to enjoy fun, creative and easy activities during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou encouraged families to take advantage of the activities that the Environment team will be sharing online and in its newsletters to support the community and improve the environment.

‘Getting in the backyard can help people feel happier, healthier and more connected, especially during these challenging times.

‘Brimbank’s Environment team is responding to the changing needs of our community during this COVID-19 emergency with a range of innovative activities to support the community and continue to improve their environmental efforts at a time that every-day family life has changed so much,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

The program will focus on producing and sharing online content that residents (of all ages) can easily participate in at home and have some fun along the way.

It will include:

  • Environmental (low resource) activities for kids to do at home around the theme of “Biodiversity in Your Backyard” with three themes over three months: birds, pollinators and habitat gardening.
  • Get some great tips and online resources to improve your garden through the My Smart Garden program
  • Brimbank’s Home Composting Program now not only offers a one-off $50 rebate on a compost bin or worm farm but free delivery during the month of April.

You can learn more about these great new resources by visiting our website: brimbank.vic.gov.au/environment-and-sustainability