Green team hold bright future
THEY’RE keen, they’re green and they wield a mean power tool. Meet our National Green Jobs Corps.
The 10 young green corps members braved the rain at Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens last week to officially launch their six-month Richmond Valley Reserve Rehabilitation and Botanical Garden Development project, funded by the Federal Government and run by Job Services Australia contractor EnVite.
Eight weeks into their project, the young Green Corps members agreed the hard yakka constructing bridges, footpaths and planting trees was far better than sitting around looking forwork.
“Some of us never thought that we’d ever build a bridge, but we did,” team member Joshua Brown said.
The Fernleigh horticulture student said that while the trees planted and amenities built at the botanical gardens would be a legacy of the project, ‘so will the long-lasting friendships’.
The camaraderie was apparent.
Green Corps member Jess Pawsey said: “I think we really showed up the boys.”
Mr Brown replied: “There is something about a woman welding a power tool.”
The six-month project includes building two footbridges, edged walking tracks, as well as weed control, tree planting and the construction of a stone wall at the Lismore Botanical Gardens.
The crew also constructed composting toilets at the Nimbin Rocks viewing area on Ngulingah land.
The recent wet weather saw the group shelter at the gardens nursery to construct Indian myna traps, cane toad traps and nesting boxes.
Mayor Jenny Dowell said the skills taught by EnVite team leaders would hold the young jobseekers ‘in good stead for the future’.
Ms Dowell said their legacy would be felt ‘every time a tourist used one of the composting toilets in Nimbin or crossed a bridge at the Lismore Botanical Gardens’.
“They are learning skills and making fiends,” Ms Dowell said.
“They could have been sitting on the couch.”
EnVite provides specialist youth employment services in Lismore, Nimbin, Casino and Kyogle.