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Engaging Victoria’s youth to manage invasive species

More young people will be at the forefront of efforts to manage invasive species, thanks to new grants from the Victorian Government.

Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced 12 recipients across Victoria will share in a total of more than $130,000 towards engaging young people in managing invasive species.

The grants will fund a range of projects, including a wetlands rejuvenation project in Ararat, training in farm weed management around Mansfield, a land management training program for indigenous youth in Dandenong, and outdoor activities to identify invasive species near Wangaratta and Avoca.

The grants aim to:

  • upskill school, VCAL, TAFE and university students
  • connect young people to existing community groups and initiatives
  • encourage youth-led initiatives and fresh ideas for managing invasive species
  • support school leavers in natural resource management projects and work readiness
  • improve youth awareness of pests and weeds in their local environments
  • encourage youth input into pest and weed management strategies.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government and delivered by Agriculture Victoria, the grants program was co-designed with community representatives to ensure the funding was relevant and targeted to the communities affected by invasive species.

The Victorian Government’s collaboration with community on pest management was celebrated earlier in 2020, when the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) received a United Nations Public Service Award.

The grants program will build on the government’s ongoing partnerships with VRAN and Victoria’s three state-wide community weed management groups, by engaging future generations.

Source: Victorian Government

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