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National Adviser for Environment
Fergus "Gus" Lloyd, MEIANZ, MRABQSA
‘A Scout cares for the environment’ will be familiar to all involved in Scouting, as this is one of our Scout Laws. Environmental education, and an appreciation of nature and the great outdoors, form an important part of our Scouting program.
Gus Lloyd was appointed National Adviser for Environment in July 2009.
Gus said, "My life in Scouting started with a small Scout Group called 1st Koorana in Toronto, NSW. I was only there temporarily but became the Group Leader (going on to get my GL Wood Badge) and stayed a while, before the then Regional Commissioner “invited” me on to his team in the capacity of a Special Duties Commissioner (Hunter and Coastal Region – NSW). He and subsequent Regional Commissioners assisted me in developing a position as an Environmental Commissioner (during this time I gained my Commissioners Wood Badge)".
"Within a few short years NSW Branch, through the Chief Commissioner, became aware of me and “invited/offered” me to become the first NSW State Commissioner (Environment). As I now needed more training I went on to gain my Activities Wood Badge. Representing the State and encouraging, cajoling, and managing environment programs became very interesting, as did having various assistants whose valuable input was always considered worthwhile".
"I have now taken on the role of the National Environment Adviser whilst holding a NSW Special Projects Commissionership. I will work directly with John Clarke (National Commissioner Youth Program) and Reg Williams (Chief Commissioner) to highlight and bring to the fore Environment in Scouting. I am pleased to be guided by the State Commissioners (Environment) and hope with their valued input to aid and assist them in their projects whilst giving a National overview."
Some objectives of the National Adviser for the Environment:
- Developing and distributing resources for Scout Groups to assist in implementing environmental activities into their programs;
- Supporting Branch Environment Teams and sharing information across Australia;
- Promoting Scouts’ contributions to the environment within Australia, internationally and with other organisations;
- Developing links and partnerships with other suitable environmental organisations;
- Supporting existing environmental programs in operation such as the Murray Darling Rescue, Envirover and Clean Up Australia Day in which Scouts are involved;
- Developing new initiatives that encourage Scouts to take an active interest in the natural world and Australia’s unique environment, ecosystems, plants and animals;
- Contribute to and learn from international Scout environment initiatives.
Scouts Australia would like to know what your Scouts have been involved with, including activities that work towards environmental aspects of their Award Schemes, activities undertaken around your Scout Hall that make it more sustainable, or links you’ve made with other organisations such as Landcare which have been beneficial for your Scout Group. Please send information and photos about your latest environmental activities, experiences and great programs to Gus at: email@example.com.