Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat inspires in the Yarra Ranges

3 June 2019

From 31 May to 2 June 2019, 20 young people from across the region came together at the Yarra Ranges Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat.

The participants, who were chosen from 43 applicants, spent the weekend exploring the collective power of volunteering and collaboration when it comes to saving and recovering some of our most vulnerable species. They heard personal stories of environmental protection and action and took a deep dive into what motivates people within the Landcare movement and conservation.

They explored Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and met with volunteers from the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater who’ve been working to save species for over 50 years.

Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin deepened their understanding of Indigenous land management and touched on what working together to heal Country might look like, now and into the future.

Participants also dove into some personal and leadership development, looking at what it takes to lead and how to support each other, ultimately making new connections and forming a new Landcare group for young people to connect across the Yarra Ranges.

It was clear the weekend was profound for many, who left motivated to make a difference and participate in the Landcare movement. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Yarra Ranges Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat was delivered by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA, Yarra Ranges Landcare Network and Intrepid Landcare with support from the Victorian Government.

Intrepid Landcare provides a common space to inspire, connect and empower young people to act and lead with Landcare. This was the third Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat to be held in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.