Youth Mentoring

Brisbane Catchments Network recognises the value in a young generation that is interested, engaged, and skilled in working towards healthy communities and natural environments.   The Network encourages all interested young people to become involved in activities and events that protect, restore and manage natural resources in a sustainable way.

Brisbane Catchments Network encourages all its member groups to involve young people wherever and whenever possible within projects and activities. To this end, BCN works closely with SEQ Catchments, Griffith University and the University of Queensland to co-host and support tertiary students to gain practical experience whilst completing degrees in environment related degrees.

Brisbane Community Biodiversity Strategy

In 2012, SEQ Catchments and Brisbane Catchments Network partnered with Griffith University, through its Industrial Affiliates Program, to co-host an ecology student to develop a biodiversity strategy for the Brisbane community. Under the guidance of a mentoring group of BCN members, a third year student created the framework, researched the content and designed and managed a stakeholder consultation workshop as part of the Strategy development. The resulting Strategy, an iterative plan aimed at guiding the direction and actions of the Network, provided the student with invaluable on the job practical experience whilst helping them to fulfill the requirements of their degree.

Pullen Pullen Catchments Landscape Health Program

In 2012, Pullen Pullen Catchments Group partnered with SEQ Catchments to deliver the Landscape Health program, a State Government initiative aimed at reducing the impact of Cat’s Claw vine in the Pullen Pullen catchment. With the help of mentoring group from Pullen Pullen Catchments Group, SEQ Catchments and Brisbane City Council, a Griffith University  Masters of Conservation Biology student supervised Cat’s Claw control and treatment across five private properties in the catchment. The student managed the entire project, identifying tasks required, allocating time and resources, engaging with the landholders, supervising the contractors and undertaking all monitoring and reporting. The project provided the student with practical project management skills, boosting their confidence and ability.

Landcare for Singles

The first Landcare for Singles event in Brisbane will be co-hosted by Brisbane Catchments Network and SEQ Catchments and held at Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murarrie.  Once again, one of the BCN dedicated student volunteers will be helping to coordinate the event, with the aim of reaching as many single folk in Brisbane as possible – especially those who love being in and helping the natural environment.