NINE Whitsunday Green Army recruits graduated from their 21-week program at the Cannonvale foreshore last week.
A total of 16 recruits from across the region (including Bowen) started work with the Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday Catchment Landcare following the aftermath of Cyclone Ului to revitalise, maintain and rejuvenate local parks and gardens in Proserpine, Cannonvale and Bowen.
The Whitsunday Green Army project is part of a $57 million State Government commitment to provide 3000 jobs of environmental importance to Queenslanders over three years.
The Employment Pathways Program – Whitsunday Green Army project was run by Community Solutions in partnership with the Whitsunday Regional Council which gave the recruits full-time paid work and hands-on experience.
Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt was on hand to congratulate the Green Army recruits as five have been employed as a result of the program.
“I'm really proud of our area's first Green Army project,” she said.
“It's great to be able to congratulate the completion of the project today (last Friday).”
Throughout the projects entirety, the recruits helped to clear rubbish, clean the barbecue areas and public facilities along the main street in Airlie Beach while also maintaining the Airlie Beach lagoon and the park near the sailing club.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker said the Green Army project had assisted the council to implement the urban bushland plan and other environmental projects throughout the shire.
“The Green Army was instrumental in the clean-up following the aftermath of Cyclone Ului,” he said.
“The recruits worked with council to remove trees and debris and clear the roads and beaches.”
Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor Rogin Taylor added at the benefits that such projects bring to the community.
“It's great that funding can benefit so many people in the work force and their work benefit the entire community,” he said.
For more information on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, visit www.employment.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 925.
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