Running Wild branches out to welcome residents to the community

From the Southern Moreton Bay Islands to the Redlands mainland, Running Wild (a community organisation) is helping Shoreline residents grow a connected community, one seedling at a time.


Running Wild Youth Conversation Culture are branching out to Shoreline residents, bringing nature to our doorstep, propagating native seedlings that will then be gifted to new residents of the community.

Recently receiving a Shoreline Community Grant, Running Wild are utilising their funds to deliver a Shoreline Welcome Plant project. The project will engage youth participants to collect seeds and cuttings, propagate native plants to tube stock for residential planting, and initiate community education about our local native species.

Running Wild Founder and CEO Julie “Chook” Larson said as a community organisation based on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, they embrace a “collective impact” approach to engage community.

“We deliver conservation focused employment and training programs, youth mentoring and school holiday programs, crisis response, referrals to specialist support services, and individual support for people with disabilities,” she said.


“We also have successful social enterprises in ecotourism and run the Containers for Change program on the islands. Working in a ‘collective impact’ approach allows us to partner with lots of different organisations to highlight a positive youth profile in our community. Our recently launched kayak and walking tours allow visitors to the islands to experience our unique flora and fauna with an experienced guide, whilst providing an invaluable training ground.”

“The Lendlease grant funds will be used to purchase seeds that can’t be harvested easily for propagation and develop information about the local native species. At the Jingeri Park opening in February, each Shoreline resident will receive a welcome plant. The general public can also purchase the native plants at our pop-up shop on the day.”

In 2023, Running Wild will be delivering more training and employment programs across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and continue with their successful social enterprises. 

Community groups shape our growing community in Shoreline. Recognising the importance of building communities from the ground up, Lendlease introduced the Shoreline Community Grants in 2021, supporting a range of initiatives across the Redland Bay region. The next round of community grants will open in the first half of 2023.

To learn about our grants program click here