Green jobs give young experience
ENVIRONMENTAL and land management projects in the Clarence Valley will get a welcome boost with the Grafton launch of the latest National Green Jobs Corps (NGJC) initiative yesterday.
The program, organised in the Clarence Valley by North Coast training and employment organisation EnviTE, with assistance from the Federal Government and other partners, invites volunteers aged 17-24 to get involved in local environmental and land management projects for six months as part of a team.
During that period, they work towards obtaining their Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.
About 10 of the current volunteers, along with organisers, project partners and representatives of Clarence Valley Council, gathered for the launch in See Park yesterday morning.
Gavin Beveridge, program supervisor for the Clarence Valley team, said the scheme allowed volunteers to gain valuable life skills, hands-on experience and a nationally recognised certificate while contributing to worthwhile projects.
“The team will add value to a diverse range of stakeholder projects, such as the post-fire and erosion control revegetation works along the Yuraygir National Park coastline,” Mr Beveridge said.
“The team will be involved in all stages of the work, from seed collection, native plant propagation and site preparation to planting and site maintenance.”
Further, he said the team would also be involved in several fencing projects around the valley and would also assist at the Community Nursery in Minnie Water during the course of the program.