Our programs


Work Skills Traineeships

Get paid while earning your Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management, Hospitality or Business. Running since 2017, this program won Best Community Training Initiative of the Year at the Qld Training Awards 2018, and has only continued to improve.

Working with young people

More than 250 young people have taken part in school holiday or creative arts programs, or youth mentoring. This increases positive participation in the community, changing negative profiles, and allows us to link individuals and families to specialist supports.

Containers for Change

We are the CoEx local provider for the 10c container exchange, and run the Container Refund Points on Macleay and Russell as a social enterprise, creating jobs and volunteer work on the islands, whilst facilitating nearly $200,000 in a circular economy.

Wild Goat Bistro

Come and have a feed at the Bay Islands Golf Club on Macleay, where the Running Wild team prepare a range of fresh meals. Open for lunches Wednesdays-Sundays, dinners Thursdays-Saturdays, and now Sunday brunch and Saturday home deliveries.

Conservation Cadetships

We are establishing a new social enterprise offering inclusive ecotourism experiences. People with disabilities from across the islands will be recruited for a paid, 20-week cadetship to design and pilot these experiences, whilst also working on essential conservation projects.

Creative Arts Program

Our creative arts program hit a new high in 2021, with a group of young people writing and producing a play about their island experiences. Mentored by our Youth Workers, and some of Queensland’s top performing arts talent, the Curlew Wars premiered in February.

The Creative Arts Program at a Circus workshop

Working with young people


School Holiday Programs

Every school holidays, we run activities for young people on the islands.

Our Summer Holidays 2021/22 Program has just been announced – details below. Also keep an eye on our Facebook page for any updates or changes.

All activities are free, and designed for young people aged 10 and over, and led by Youth Workers.

Transport to and from the Jetty is available. You must have your Parent/Guardian consent to participate in any of the holiday activities. Forms will be available at each activity, or you can contact Lavinia:  0435 864 332

School holiday program schedule in picture

Creative Arts Program

This year we took our creative arts work to another level, and worked with a group of young people who wrote and produced a play about their experiences on the islands. They were mentored by our in-house Youth Workers, as well as some of the top performing arts talent from across Queensland.

The world-first performances of “The Curlew Wars” took place on February 13th, 2021. To find out about future performances to keep an eye out here or on our Facebook page.

Youth Mentoring

Many of our young people find themselves in situations where they need a bit of support from time to time. In providing meaningful activities for our young people we are able to provide a soft entry for young people to have a positive experience in meeting up with a professional for assistance. Often the first step to accessing support.

It is recognised that there are no funded professional youth support services based on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands to assist our youth. We are keen for this to change for the benefit of our whole community.

For more details please email us.

Kim Richards celebrates the islands’ one millionth container

Containers for Change


Containers for Change is now well established on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Refund points are open as follows:

Things you need to know:

  • You must have a scheme ID (which you get from Containers for Change)
  • This allows you to be credited with your refund (we do not process cash)
  • Separate your eligible containers from any rubbish
  • Please remove all lids
  • Sort containers into groups if you can – glass, aluminium, clear plastic, coloured plastic, drinks poppers
  • You CAN crush your cans and plastic bottles as we count containers manually

If you would like to donate your refund to Running Wild, we would be very grateful, and all donations go towards island activities.

Keep up to date on Facebook for all the latest details.