The Weeds and Rabbits Project is supporting 12 communities and organisations to engage Victoria’s youth in managing invasive species.
The grant program looks to address the under-representation of young people in invasive species management, and support succession planning for the inter-generational challenge of managing our landscapes.
Keen to run your own youth engagement initiative? We’ve compiled some tips to get you started.
Ararat School Farm wetlands rejuvenation project: Ararat Secondary College
VCAL students will work with local Landcare volunteers and professionals to rejuventate the wetlands located at the school farm, including removing weeds, re-fencing the boundary, monitoring water quality, replanting wetland plants and building nesting boxes.
Connecting to country: City of Greater Dandenong
Local council will work with mentors and elders from the local Aboriginal community to host practical training workshops for local Aboriginal school leavers and job seekers, focused on invasive species management for conservation outcomes.
Youth leadership workshops: Conservation Volunteers Australia
Tertiary and VCAL students will invited to a series of workshops on best practice invasive species management, covering serrated tussock, gorse, blackberry and rabbits, as well as education and employment pathways.
Eco Peako – Planting, weeding and music on the Merri Creek: Friends of Merri Creek
Eco Peako combines live music with active invasive weed management along the Merri Creek, providing young adults with basic weed identification skills, knowledge of local weed species, and connections to local conservation activities.
Creating awareness in young people about the issue of deer in Gippsland: Gippsland Intrepid Landcare
This youth-led volunteer group will undertake a local deer monitoring program to track deer impacts on agriculture, wildlife and flora, then develop a digital storytelling campaign to build awareness of the problem across the region.
Engaging youth to engage youth in invasive species management: Mandurang Strathfieldsaye Landcare Network
Local school and tertiary students will be invited to influence decision making and local community action through a series of workshops and co-design activities, culminating in the development and implementation a project that targets a local invasive species issue.
New learning opportunities for youth: Mt Rothwell Landcare Volunteers Inc.
Landcare volunteers at this 473 ha conservation property will train new youth volunteers in controlling rabbits in complex landscapes, developing participants’ skills in on-ground control works, monitoring, and integrated management concepts.
Future environment leaders of Nillumbik: Nillumbik Shire Council
Local council will host a leadership retreat for 20 local young people, in partnership with Landcare groups and land management agencies, to build awareness of local invasive species issues and support youth input into pest management action.
Projecting Wodonga’s hills and wetlands through growing understanding: Parklands Albury Wodonga Ltd
Volunteers, conservation experts and Aboriginal elders will host a series of guided walks and weeding working bees at local parklands and reserves, for students and young park users.
Empowering youth to take action on invasive species: Rural City of Wangaratta
Local council will run a series of activities to connect young people with invasive species issues, including kayaking on the Ovens River to map weeds and a youth leadership workshop to encourage youth-led action on local land management issues.
Learning life lessons with Landcare: Up2Us Landcare Alliance
Landcare members from the Mansfield region will mentor tertiary students and young adults in pest and weed management on private land, building participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence for work readiness in the land management sector.
Young Landcare Avoca – Land management, sharing ideas, creating solutions: Upper Loddon & Avoca Landcare Network
Local secondary school students will be invited to join local Landcare members on a series of bushwalking, camping and fishing adventures, where they’ll be introduced to weed and pest identification and mapping.