The Monash Student Leadership Summit is all about helping students navigate change as a leader in a complex world.
The 2022 Student Leadership Summit is focused on community leadership, bringing together experienced leaders from around Australia to inspire students in their leadership journey. Monash is committed to tackling the challenges of our age, including building thriving communities and meeting the challenge of climate change. That’s where Wilderlands comes in.
As part of the Student Leadership Summit, we’ve partnered with Wilderlands to show how students can make a difference – in this case, how easy it can be to support biodiversity and the conservation of nature. We have purchased an allotment of Biological Diversity Units (BDUs) equivalent in size to the main auditorium in the Woodside Centre. We’re sharing these units with our participants today to show how you can take simple steps towards having a big impact.
In the heart of the Victorian Riverina, one of the most productive areas of agriculture in Australia and only 250 kilometres north of Melbourne, lies Budgerum, a farming district of flat, grassy plains alongside the Avoca River. Grassland communities are some of the most highly threatened ecosystems on the planet, with grassland reserves being reduced to small, fragmented patches across the landscape as land has been converted to agriculture. For this reason, protection of the remaining native grasslands across the Victorian Riverina is critical to the long-term survival of species that call this community their home. Examples of species dependent on these grassy ecosystems include the critically endangered Plains Wanderer and the nationally endangered Turnip Copperburr.
Located in Meningie in South Australia, this 200 hectare landscape is a project delivered in partnership with the Ngarrindjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of the Coorong. It sees native plants supplied by the local nursery at Raukkan, a self-governed Aboriginal community 30 km northwest of the site and many Raukkan community members employed for onsite work and delivering activities such as vegetation monitoring and mapping and fencing with a focus on ensuring these communities can continue to preserve and protect this culturally important pocket of land.
Home to mountainous vistas, tall trees, and fern-rich gullies, lies Crowes Lookout, only 170 kilometres south-west of Melbourne near the scenic town of Lavers Hill in the Otway Ranges. Crowes Lookout is characterised by towering trees of Mountain Grey-gum (Eucalyptus cypellocarpa), Southern Blue-gum (Eucalyptus globulus), and Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua), reaching over 60 metres tall and providing an arboreal ecosystem of micro-bats, gliders, and birds.