National Green Jobs Corps participants enhance the environment

The Whalan Reserve’s surrounding bush land has been refurbished thanks to a team of National Green Jobs Corps participants.

The Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis and the Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today congratulated the National Green Jobs Corps participants for completing the 26-week project giving them green job skills and qualifications.

“It’s wonderful to see the results of the hard work that participants have done to enhance the environment for the local community,” Ms Ellis said.

“The participants have also gained qualifications and training that can assist them in their green job skills in the future.”

The National Green Jobs Corps team, managed by MAX Employment, worked in partnership with Blacktown City Council to complete the refurbishment.

Representing Minister Ellis at the completion of the project, Mr Husic said the team took part in restabilising the Ropes Creek bed.

“The work this great team did helped to promote habitat potential, and improved water quality by planting, mulching, undertaking bush regeneration and removing noxious weeds.

“The participants leave with a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, and have received occupational health and safety and First Aid Training. This is a great result for everyone,” Mr Husic said.

The National Green Jobs Corps program is targeted at young Australians aged 17 to 24, who have not obtained a year 12 or equivalent qualification.

The National Green Jobs Corps program has forged strong partnerships between community organisations and governments at all levels, to the benefit of local communities across Australia.

The Australian Government is investing $79.6 million in the National Green Jobs Corps program over two years, to enable young Australians to participate in projects that restore and protect the environment and help to develop their green skills for the future.

Further information on National Green Jobs Corps is available at: www.deewr.gov.au/ngjc.

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Ed Husic MP
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