A greener way to employment

AN EXCITING new venture launched by Deputy Mayor and CEO of Great Lakes Community Resources John Weate, in Tuncurry last week, offers a group of 10 people aged between 17 and 24, the opportunity to change their life.

The young people, who have been unemployed, will gain a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, upon completion of the project.

The six-month, four days a week program involves the construction of a sustainable garden at the Tuncurry Waste Management Resource Recovery site.

In the process the young people will learn a range of green skills such as salvage recovery, construction, bush regeneration, teamwork, communication and punctuality skills.

Green team member Todd Sharkey said he was looking forward to the project.

“I’ll enjoy this because I’m not sit-ting at home doing nothing. Even though I’m not working, I’m still using my skills and getting another certificate and I’m stoked about the First Aid Certificate.”

Participant Shane Sneddon said he had his fingers crossed it would lead to other jobs.

Rachel Quillan also hopes it will help her get a job. She said she’s always been interested in horticulture and is keen to get her Certificate II.

In his launch address, Cr Weate said Tuncurry landfill will gradually be capped over the next three years.

The first stage of this conversion is provided through a three-year $300,000 State government grant for The Green, a community project with Great Lakes Community Resources focused on sustainable living, recycling, and engaging community members to work together for the community and the environment.

In 1991 Resource Recovery was established as a community waste reduction and recycling organization to operate Tuncurry landfill and to help the long-term unemployed, said Resource Recovery foreman Craig Rees.

“It will provide opportunities to change people’s lives. The only restriction in years to come is our imagination.”

Construction of the raised garden beds has already started, said Andrew O’Sullivan, teamleader National Green Jobs Corps 2011. The aim at The Green is to try to create the mes-sage of the importance of waste reduction and turning waste back into resources.

Coordinator and teamleader National Green Jobs Corps Program and project manager at The Green, Krysten Banks said after three weeks the green team has already propagated 4900 plants.

Advocate News, 3 March 2011

A greener way to employment

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