A LOCAL volunteer group is keeping its members engaged in environment conservation activities even during Stage Three restrictions.
Local youth Landcare group, Gippsland Intrepid, announced their latest event last week – during national Landcare Week – with COVID-19 restrictions front of mind.
They’re asking people in Gippsland and regional Victoria to use their daily exercise allowance, over the weekend of August 22 and 23, to do some good for the environment.
The idea is to pop on some gardening gloves (along with your PPE), take a bag with you, and fill it with rubbish found around your neighbourhood.
Take some pics of your rubbish collecting adventures and tag @gippslandintrepidlandcare on social media for a chance to win prizes donated by The Source Bulk Foods.
Personal and public safety will be paramount during the event, with participants urged to wear face masks, and adhere to DHHS guidelines as to where they can and can’t go to collect rubbish.
Organisers said the aim of the event was to remind people that even though many of us have been separated by the lockdown rules, “together, we can still take care of the environment”.
“We are in this together, but apart,” they said of the fight against the virus, “and we can do the same for the environment!”
After many popular events for 18-35 year olds over the past three years, including beach clean ups, tree planting, weed eradication and wildlife monitoring, committee member Kelsey Tong said it had been sad to miss out on opportunities to catch up with volunteers in person this year, but that the group continued to hold monthly meetings online to discuss ways to incorporate the environment into people’s lives.
Kelsey admitted “it’s been hard keeping people motivated through these unprecedented times”.
“We’re hoping this online event will spark some interest and keep people motivated over the next six weeks!”.
Find all the details at www.facebook.com/gippslandintrepidlandcare.
Caring for the environment ‘together, but apart’