Gidarjil project win
GIDARJIL Development has been awarded two Green Army projects, providing employment for 20 indigenous youth across the Bundaberg and Gladstone regions.
The corporation has received work in the Bundaberg Region Coastal Catchment Restoration Initiative and the Gladstone Region Coastal Restoration Initiative.
Gidarjil Development Corporation managing director Kerry Blackman said the projects aimed to protect, enhance and monitor aquatic ecosystems in areas including Baffle Creek, Burrum River, Boyne River, Gladstone Ports and the Southern Barrier Reef.
"These Green Army projects represent an entry point for indigenous people into a sector that is perfectly aligned with Aboriginal workforce capabilities," he said.
The Green Army is a paid employment program funded by the Australian Department of Environment for 17-24 year olds interested in protecting their local environment.
The Green Army provides young people with skills, training and experience to improve their future career prospects while participating in projects that generate real and lasting benefits for the environment.
"Queensland's coastal environment is delivering an increasing demand for workers to look after it. The Great Barrier Reef, the mineral resources industry, the port authorities, tourism, environmentalists, agriculture and governments all need the input of the Aboriginal community's traditional knowledge and skills to deliver the environmental solutions required today," Mr Blackman said.
"Indigenous people sustainably managed this land for tens of thousands of years before European settlement and also understand modern day issues. Career paths in this sector are clearly aligned with Aboriginal culture, and both these Green Army projects initiate these career paths for Indigenous youth."
The Green Army projects will be delivered in partnership with Campbell Page and Skillset.