THE first ever meeting of the Network of Young Gippsland Landcarers (NYGiL) was held on Friday, November 21 at the Coffee Collective in Wonthaggi.
The group is an informal network for people in their 20s or 30s who live in Gippsland and are working in or interested in farming, the environment, sustainable agriculture or natural resource management.
Attendees on the night were from a range of backgrounds including Landcare, farmers, environmental consultants or CMA staff, and many did not know each other at all.
Kathleen Brack from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority attended the dinner and was excited by the interest and enthusiasm shown by the group.
“It was a bit daunting at first to rock up and meet completely new people, but it was fine once we all got talking,” she said.
“There are a lot of younger people who live in the area and are passionate about looking after the land.
“It’s often a bit like ships in the night. You know these people are out there, but sometimes you never get to actually meet them.
“This dinner was a nice opportunity to get a lot of these people together around the same table, chill out, eat some good food, and have a drink and a chat.
“Not only do we get to hang out with some really nice and awesome people, these contacts will be so beneficial for us for the rest of our lives.
“We will now know where to go or who to contact when we need a hand, a contractor or an employee.”
The next meeting will be a casual barbecue and farm walk in March at Rachael Nicholson’s High Cattle property in Foster North.
Everyone attending will be asked to bring a plate to share.
If you are interested in joining the group, head to Facebook and join ‘Network of Young Gippsland Landcarers’ or email katew@wgcma.vic.gov.au to be added to the mailing list.