Hogan promises funding for joint land project
Nationals Candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, yesterday promised funding for a joint project between the Jubullum Land Council and Rekindling the Spirit in Lismore, should his party be successful at the coming election.
Seven months after Mr Hogan invited Nationals Leader Warren Truss and Senator John Williams to the electorate to look at the proposal, approval has been given for the project under a Coalition government.
The Tabulam Environmental Rehabilitation Project will engage local youths in regenerating local river banks and agricultural land at Tabulam.
Mr Hogan says it is part of a wider plan to supply a Green Army of up to 15,000 young people, to tackle local environmental issues.
"Under our plan, environmental groups are able to apply for a project, which would see up to 10 members of the local community employed for up to 25 weeks to fix local environmental problems," Mr Hogan said.
"The program is perfect for the Rekindling the Spirit community, as it gives young people the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, while receiving a training allowance on top of their normal benefits.
"On top of the obvious environmental benefits, this project also rehabilitates the site for small crop farming, which will create long term income and employment for the Jubulum community."
Service Manager of Rekindling the Spirit Jeff Richardson said this particular project was important for breaking the unemployment cycle.
"This project is aimed at kick-starting an ongoing enterprise out there and creating long-term employment, not just a temporary traineeship," Mr Richardson said.
"Whether that is ongoing weed-spraying, crop farming or maintenance, it's about creating the opportunities for locals to have a viable business model."
For Green Army application forms, you can contact Kevin Hogan by email.