An Intrepid Retreat for young people in Gippsland

Are you under 35 and passionate about the local environment? Intrepid Landcare, in partnership with West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), is bringing one of their signature Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreats to Victoria.

Kathleen Brack, WGCMA’s Regional Landcare Project Officer said the retreat will be held at Wilsons Promontory on 13 and 14 May.

“We are really excited to be working with Intrepid Landcare on this event,” said Kathleen.

“Wilsons Promontory is famous for its natural beauty so it’s the perfect spot for our Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Retreat.”

The retreat is for young people, aged 18 to 35, and aims to inspire and empower them to step up and lead on issues that are important to them and the local community.

“As a young staff member supporting Landcare I can see the absolute benefit of connecting young people to the Landcare movement,” continued Kathleen.

“In the time I’ve been involved I’ve learnt so much about the local environment and am passionate about opening up more opportunities for other young people to experience what Landcare can offer.”

Participants at the Wilsons Promontory retreat will experience a jam-packed adventure-filled weekend. This will include cultural experiences, hiking, and meeting like-minded people, combined with unique self-discovery and leadership training which will contribute to their growth as local leaders in the environment space.

The Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat has been delivered in a number of locations across Australia. This has seen highly motivated teams of young people who seek opportunities in Landcare, which they design and drive for young people in their communities.

“It’s an awesome way to bring like-minded young people together around purpose,” explains co-founder of Intrepid Landcare Megan Rowlatt.

“I have been coordinating Intrepid Landcare projects in the Illawarra region in NSW since 2009 and we have created some epic projects in partnership with over 40 different groups and organisations to date.

“We now have six other Intrepid Landcare networks across four states and territories driving change.

“Intrepid Landcare projects provide an outlet for young people to have outdoor adventures and give something back to the local environment at the same time, and they get to create what this looks like.

“Landcare is underrated as a volunteer opportunity, I can’t explain how rewarding the journey has been for our volunteers. There’s no better way to give back and meet new people if nature is your thing.”

To attend the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat, fill out an application form via the Intrepid Landcare website and follow Intrepid Landcare on Facebook for live updates about the retreat.

This Retreat is hosted by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority with support from Victorian Landcare Program, Farms Trees and Landcare Association, Victorian Landcare Council, Bass Coast Landcare Network, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network and Yarram Yarram Landcare Network.