Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare

Inspiring the next Landcare generation in Western Sydney.

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Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare

Inspiring the next Landcare generation in Western Sydney.

The issue

Greater Sydney Landcare Network (GSLN) identified that the number of 18-35 year olds involved in Landcare is underrepresented. The lack of volunteer numbers and the aging population pose a serious threat to the longevity of community Landcare projects in the Sydney Region. Due to the stresses that urbanisation places on the environment, it is imperative that we invest in services which support environmental volunteers in the Greater Sydney area.

The solution

Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat was piloted by GSLN in collaboration with Intrepid Landcare at Brewongle Environmental Education Centre in Sackville North on the weekend of March 25 and 26. The retreat involved a group of 17 local 18 - 35 year olds who applied to attend, and aimed to inspire these young people to become part of their local Landcare community.

The retreat was complimented by an Intrepid Way Workshop on April 3rd, 2017 hosted by GSLN, facilitated by Intrepid Landcare, and funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage, which trained existing volunteers and organisations to engage young people.

The impact

The participants have become regular attendees of Western Sydney Landcare events since the retreat. Particularly those that are part of one of GSLN's other projects, the Cumberland Plain Support Program. They have a launched a Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare Facebook page which has gained a large following in a relatively short time.

Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare are currently planning their first group's first litter clean-up Landcare event, which they aim to launch in September, 2017. GSLN aims to run future retreats and workshops to foster the creation of a Sydney-wide young Landcare group as part of a Greater Sydney Young Landcare Leaders project.

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Key facts

  • GSLN aims to increase engagement of under 35s in Greater Sydney
  • Piloted Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat on March 25 and 26th, 2017
  • Intrepid Way Youth Engagement Workshop hosted by GSLN on April 3rd, 2017
  • Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare formed after retreat
  • Retreat participants regularly attend Landcare events in Western Sydney
  • Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare is planning their own Landcare events
  • GSLN to run future events as part of Greater Sydney Young Landcare Leaders project