We have established a new social enterprise on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands – Running Wild Outdoors offers inclusive ecotourism and nature-based experiences, such as native flora and wildlife walking and kayaking tours.

Two cohorts, each of six people with disabilities from across the four islands, were recruited for a paid, 20-week part-time cadetship to design and pilot these experiences in 2021 and 2022. Now that we’re up and running, our next round of cadets will help grow this social enterprise, whilst learning on the job in a supportive environment.

Alongside this, cadets will work on conservation projects around the islands learning about, and raising awareness of, our precious natural environment. These included:

  • Installing & maintaining Ocean Watch fishing tackle waste collection bins
  • Working with Tangaroa Blue, to enter the marine debris collected into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative database
  • Learning about our local native plant species in our propagation nursery

Cadets gained essential work-readiness skills, as well as statements of attainment for introductory conservation and tourism modules that will count towards future study, and prepare them for future employment.

A key tenet of the program is the cadet’s opportunity to interact with potential local employers, as well as the wider community on projects, all the time challenging perceived barriers to employment with actions not words.

To register your interest in applying for the round that will start work Tuesday 31 January 2023, please email terry@runningwild.org.au, and an information pack and application form link will be sent out to you.

Please follow us on Facebook to find out about upcoming information sessions early January 2023. Updates will also be published here as soon as they are available.

This program is proudly funded and supported by the Australian Government, as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building, Economic Participation Grant Program.