Nine Green Corps participants graduated today after completing a six-month land rehabilitation activity in Nymboida.
The Australian Government’s Green Corps program gives volunteers the opportunity to take part in activities that conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s natural environment and cultural heritage.
The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said the Nymboida River Public Land Rehabilitation Project saw important environmental work carried out.
“This activity involved environmental restoration at sites along the Nymboida River, at Cartmill Park and Nymboida Police Station,” Ms Saffin said.
“These Green Corps participants have planted over 300 native plants, regenerated vegetation and controlled weed growth along Nymboida River, maintained the access path to Goolang Creek and designed and installed a Bush Foods and Medicine Garden at Nymboida Public School.”
The Green Corps team in Nymboida, managed by Job Futures Ltd, has worked in partnership with community organisations and with Clarence Landcare Inc staff.
Ms Saffin said community and government partnerships are a key ingredient to the success of Green Corps activities across Australia.
Each activity involves of a team of young people, learning new skills and establishing links with their communities by helping to restore their local environment.
The nine participants in Nymboida all gained their Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management, as well as OH&S and First Aid training.
“Participants have also learnt many practical skills through their training and exposure to real work situations. This will certainly help them when they are looking for paid employment,” Ms Saffin said.
Green Corps is one of a range of Work Experience options under Job Services Australia and has been opened up to job seekers of all ages.
More information about Job Services Australia is available at http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/JSA/