Mornington Peninsula Intrepid Landcare

 

Mornington Peninsula Intrepid Landcare is a dynamic group of 20-30 year olds supporting the next generation of environmental warriors dedicated to the preservation of the unique natural environment of the Mornington Peninsula. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the rich indigenous cultural heritage, knowledge and care for Country that has been occurring on this planet for thousands of years. Our mission is to give back to the land that has provided so much benefit to us and fight to protect this wonderful earth and its critters, big and small.

Intrepid Landcare is a fantastic way for young people to come together and create the change they want to see in the world. Not bound by catchment boundaries, MPIL will be partnering with our existing Landcare groups on current and planned projects, as well as working alongside ‘Friends Of’ groups in our local state and national parks and Shire managed bushland reserves. Other initiatives include engaging events and workshops to reconnect people with nature and educate on environmental issues that are especially important to younger generations.

Who are we?

Most members have grown up on the Peninsula and spent countless summers hiking through national parks, surfing in our clean beaches and mimicking the calls of our colourful bird life.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the the rich indigenous cultural heritage, knowledge and care for country that has been occurring on this land for thousands of years. We all have a lot longer on this planet and things within the climate and policy sphere aren’t looking too good right now, therefore we want to be able to give back to the land that has provided so much benefit to us. I, personally, want to be able to tell my future kids that I fought to protect this wonderful earth and its critters- big and small.

What we love about the peninsula’s natural environment?

We love that 70% of land here is green-wedge, and that while its only small, there is still 30% of remnant vegetation left. We love the diversity in landscapes from the middens in the coastal national parks to the Xathanthorroeas growing in Greens Bush. We live in paradise and we want to help protect that.

Why form an environmental group for young people on the peninsula?

Volunteers and community are the backbone to any environmental protection and enhancement so we want to help support the next generation of environmental warriors.

What we hope to achieve with MP Intrepid Landcare?

Assist existing Landcare groups and Friends Groups with some fresh talent, run environmental workshops and educational events to increase the communities knowledge on environmental management, and reconnect people with their backyards.

New members are welcome to join our tribe using our downloadable Mornington Peninsula Intrepid Landcare Membership Form.

Follow us on Facebook @MPILandcare

Events

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Projects

On the horizon

  • Working with Casey Lee, from Parks Victoria, doing some weeding at Coolart or on the Somers Foreshore.
  • Our very own bird-nerd, Tom Hiney,  has some neighbours properties he has been eyeing off that need some attention!
  • Save Arthurs Seat do walks through an adjacent property to see all the wonderful vegetation that is at threat from the Quarry expansion
  • Film screening and Q&A about sustainable farming for young people here on the Peninsula in February, held at a regenerative farm on the Peninsula.
  • Bird & Fauna Monitoring
  • Opportunities to do cultural walks
  • Other fun learning opportunities and a chance for us to discuss and plan more regular working bees!

How can you help?

Do you have any friends who would be interested in joining? Do you have any ideas for engaging environmental events? Is there somewhere you’d like to go out and weed? The more young people we can inspire the better! It is so important to protect our local environment and help support the older volunteer groups. Storms and other extreme weather events are going to become more frequent making our bushlands and coast lines more vulnerable!

Get in contact to let us know thoughts and how much you’d like to be involved. Hopefully we can all catch up  at our first official working bee on the 27th Nov – if not I will look at organising a casual meet and greet accompanied by some fun plant ID.