By Kirra Grimes
LOCAL volunteer group Gippsland Intrepid Landcare has been recognised for its efforts to mobilise youth to make a positive impact on the environment, with a nomination in the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards.
The group has been nominated for the Young Landcare Leadership Award, which acknowledges individuals or groups between the ages of 15 and 35 who have demonstrated a capacity to lead and encourage the wider community to engage and participate in managing the environment and natural resources in their local area.
Gippsland Intrepid volunteers have participated in a wide range of conservation projects throughout the region over the past 12 months, including weed eradication, rubbish clean-ups, and tree planting.
To boost and reward youth participation, each outing has also featured fun social activities – such as surfing, kayaking, glamping, and live music. A recent example was a day out combining a weed mapping exercise with mountain biking.
With over 60 financial members, coming from all across Gippsland, the group’s secret to success in engaging local youth comes down to simply providing the opportunities they’ve been looking for, committee chair Jarryd Minahan told the Sentinel-Times.
“We believe that young people are looking to reconnect to nature and give back within their own backyard; and Gippsland intrepid Landcare provides an easy-going, fun and passionate atmosphere to do that,” Jarryd said.
The 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards will be announced on Friday, August 30, with the Victorian winners going forward to the 2020 National Landcare Awards held during the 2020 National Landcare Conference.
For more information on Gippsland Intrepid Landcare, head to facebook.com/gippslandintrepidlandcare