Megan is the Landcare Community Support Officer for the Illawarra region and grew up in the NSW coastal town of Wollongong. Megan has worked in natural resource management for the last seven years, is the founder and coordinator of Illawarra Youth Landcare and is the 2012 National Young Landcare Leader of the year.
“Through my career in natural resource management I have developed a real passion for engaging young people in environmental projects. I love delivering innovative projects which aim to not only deliver quality on-ground outcomes for the environment, but also improve community connection to the land.”
Erin grew up on the South Coast of NSW and completed a Double Degree with Honours from the University of Wollongong. After working on the ground for a number of years in natural resource management she has moved to Canberra to work in the Biodiversity Conservation Division of the Federal Environment Department (DSEWPaC).
“There is a huge amount of native vegetation and habitat on farms and private land that is vital for maintaining biodiversity in Australia. Working alongside farmers and gaining an understanding of some of the challenges they face is the only way we are going to successfully achieve landscape scale conservation to protect our native species and keep our ecosystems healthy”.
Heather grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW, where she developed a strong appreciation of the natural environment. She studied an International Bachelor of Science (Geosciences) at the University of Wollongong, with her Honours project investigating the habitat requirements of a small koala population on the South Coast. She is currently working as a Graduate for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Canberra.
"Even though I grew up in a rural area, I have discovered that there is so much more I can learn about agriculture. I want to share my experiences, while raising awareness about the important link between farming and natural resource management."
Renae grew up in a small town of Bannockburn in Victoria and has always enjoyed being outside and going on adventures. After having her passion for Outdoor Education ignited at high school, she went on to study Outdoor Leadership at TAFE and Environmental Science at university. After working in outdoor education for 10 years she began working in natural resource management and hasn’t looked back.
“I think it’s important that we all take responsibility for ensuring that we have a healthy and sustainable environment now and into the future and I love being able to help people develop the capacity to do that.”
Rachel was born and raised in Sydney but her love for agriculture is born of a childhood spent at her grandparents property, forays into fruit picking and adventures in Africa working with rural communities. Currently undertaking honours as part of a Bachelor of Environmental Systems (Agriculture stream) at the University of Sydney, she is making the move into Natural Resource management, and endeavours to promote the importance of the connection between agricultural and environmental studies.
“I have realised that I love learning about and studying the science behind the relationships between soils, plants and water which are the essentials to sustainable production. I am passionate about Agriculture: its potential, its way of life and its diversity in opportunity are all something I strive to be a part of, and encourage others to do the same!”