TL Tidies 2022-2024

In a world often filled with news of climate change and pollution, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But amidst it all, a monthly gathering in our community restores faith in our ability to make a difference. 

On the first Sunday of every month, a diverse group of people convene to tackle the task of cleaning up our environment. In one short hour, an average of 30kg of waste is removed each month, preventing it from reaching our oceans. 

But it’s not just about the cleanup; it’s about the sense of community that emerges as young and old, locals and newcomers, come together as stewards of Yuin country. 

Since starting Treading Lightly Tidies in 2022, we have removed 1,346kg of waste in total. What began with the simple idea of Take 3 for the Sea has now become a monthly commitment, with 67 volunteer hours contributed this year alone. 

As we continue our efforts, remember that change starts with small, consistent actions. Together, we’re making a real impact on our environment, one cleanup at a time. 

Want to join the team? Follow us on our socials to keep in touch with the latest location or become a Treading Lightly member to be part of the solution and receive our regular newsletter. 

TL Inc Youth Ambassador program-2023

We are so proud to have wrapped up the first year of our TL Inc Youth Ambassador program with these wonderful young people who truly do optimise our dream to ‘Care for Earth, Connect Community’.

Thanks to our incredible funders who helped make this dream for young people to lead THEIR way, and develop a self determined program that addresses the big issues that mean something to them, with a collaborative, while living systems approach. Thank you FRRR , The IRCF Program, The Snow Foundation, Shoalhaven City Council @patagonia  for trusting us to bring this dream to fruition.

The current youth ambassadors are already gearing up for the year ahead, and we are so excited to hear what they have planned, especially for our oceans, and communities.

To our youth that have left for Uni, but still there on the sidelines, it was such a joy to have you help us launch this program, and we are delighted to have supported your Uni applications and showcased your meaningful work that will leave a legacy for others to follow.

If you know a young person who would like to get involved, send us an email to , even better, if you would like to invest in or support this, or any of our programs, we would love to hear from you. We believe the sky is the limit when young people are involved, and we want to back them every step of the way.

2024 Community Hero is Monica Mudge

On Thursday, March 7th, Monica Mudge was honored with the prestigious title of 2024 Community Hero in the NSW Women of the Year Awards. The ceremony, held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, celebrated Monica’s remarkable contributions to her community, particularly through her visionary leadership at Treading Lightly Inc., a not-for-profit organization based in the Yuin region of NSW.

Monica Mudge, as the founder and President of Treading Lightly Inc., has been at the forefront of environmental advocacy, particularly in the wake of the devastating 2019–2020 bushfires. Through her tireless dedication, Monica has transformed Treading Lightly Inc. into a beacon of hope, dedicated to ‘Caring for Earth and Connecting Community’. Her work epitomizes environmental stewardship, fostering grassroots change and inspiring hope in the face of environmental challenges.

In her remarks, Monica humbly acknowledged the collective effort behind her success, saying, “I can honestly say I truly felt like some sort of fraud standing there. To be recognized as one woman worthy of such accolades feels very odd. You may not see the teams of women I get to work, and volunteer with EVERY DAY, but trust me, they deserve to be here as much as I did. Without them, and the men that support us, I wouldn’t be worthy of such generous words and accolades.”

Monica’s journey began with a childhood love for the environment and oceans, which fueled her lifelong commitment to environmental conservation. Previously, as Program Manager for Take 3 for the Sea, she showcased her leadership in addressing plastic pollution and sustainability goals with Surf Life Saving clubs. Now, through Treading Lightly Inc., Monica champions regenerative and sustainable practices that bridge community and environment.

Speaking about the future of Treading Lightly Inc., Monica stated, “Treading Lightly are always looking for more supporters – individuals, government, and businesses. With more help, we can do more to reduce waste; protect the biodiversity of our land and waterways; embed Aboriginal knowledge and practice; and educate and inspire the next generation. We want more than sustainability for our community. We want to work together to regenerate our environment.”

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