Our social enterprise EcoCrews has already hit the half-way mark on the NSW South Coast. Time flies when you’re making a difference in your local community! Since launching in December 2021, the crews have been working hard completing a wide range of different environmental activities, learning a bunch of new skills, and visiting a variety of beautiful sites across the region.
Working closely with our project hosts Eurobodalla Shire Council, Bega Valley Shire Council and SAGE Stepping Stone Farm, we have successfully completed round 1 of EcoCrews, and our round 2 participants are already underway.
OUR IMPACT SO FAR
We’re proud to say that so far our crews have exceeded all of our environmental targets including activities such as like planting 3,250 seedlings to revegetate a wildlife corridor in Coila, NSW, supporting koala habitat restoration whilst working with World Wildlife Fund Australia.
Our Stepping Stone Farm Crew have also achieved competency across the curriculum, covering 63 different competencies from Key Learning Areas such as WHS, Organic Farming Principles, Irrigation and Harvesting and Storage.
Since completion of the EcoCrews program, our round one recruits have moved have gone from strength to strength with:
- 50% have moved onto further work, including one crew member who has been promoted to EcoCrews Team Supervisor
- 9% of participants have moved into full-time study
- 41% are continuing to complete their Certificate II in Conversation and Ecosystem Management
We’re incredibly proud of the work achieved to date by our EcoCrews and can’t wait to see what our next round of recruits will do. EcoCrews was launched as a result of the devastating 2019-2020 black summer bushfires. We’re rehabilitating bushfire impacted areas while creating local jobs for local people to help them, the community, and environment thrive.
If you’d like to find out more about joining an EcoCrew, becoming a future project host or are interested in working together, get in touch!