Youths graduate in land management
MORE than 3000 trees were planted and 20,000m2 of land weeded in 26 weeks by a group of dedicated and hard working youth in the Whitsundays.
The six youths have now graduated with a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management from the Australian Agricultural College.
The course was run by Conservation Volunteers Australia in conjunction with Landcare Australia and the Whitsunday Regional Council for youth aged 17-24.
With many previously unemployed, the course provided the youth with work experience and the opportunity to meet people and give back to the community.
The project was funded from disaster recovery funds.
Conservation Volunteers Australia Mackay office regional manager Caitlin Davies said the great thing about the project was that the youth were developing contacts that could lead to job possibilities in the future.
Graduate Karlie Brazel said before starting the course she had not considered a career in gardening or landscaping.
"I'm really grateful for the opportunity, I got a lot out of it," she said.
Ms Davies thanked the many project partners who were involved in providing many opportunities for the youth.
"We wouldn't have been able to accomplish anything without them," she said.
The national project also allowed the youth the opportunity to work with Whitsunday groups and organisations such as Quota International of Whitsunday, the Proserpine State High School Get Set for Work Program and the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE in Cannonvale.
Ms Davies said she was working with project partners to get a second program up and going this year.
For more information about the course contact Caitlin on 4951 0933 or visit www.conservationvolunteers.com.au