Eight local residents have made our region a little cleaner and brighter with their recent landscaping and construction work, after taking part in the latest Skilling Queenslanders for Work programme in Livingstone Shire.
The trainees achieved a Certificate 1 in Construction as part of a Skilling Queenslanders for Work traineeship employed by Jobs Queensland Ltd, partnering with Livingstone Shire Council.
Coordinated by Councils Natural Resource Management team, the trainees worked under the supervision of Job’s Queensland’s Darren Green to arrange tasks with several different departments within Council over a period of 18 weeks.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programmes.
Parks, Open Spaces and Environment Councillor Tom Wyatt said the trainees did a fantastic job during the programme, working on a huge range of different projects including painting, weeding, concreting, and fencing as well as the construction and installation of bollards, bench seating and picnic tables.
“This group has done some extraordinary work planting over 1,600 trees, and digging around 450 holes in preparation of Council’s National Tree Day, as well as the construction of 720 bollards at Barmaryee Multi-Sports Precinct,” Cr Wyatt said.
“Other projects have included fence replacement, sign and bollard construction and chair installation at Alby Wooler Park while working closely with Capricorn Coast Landcare Group, Yeppoon Show Society and Council, the painting of bollards at Merv Anderson Park, and the weeding of native vegetation on Councils Seaview Hill Reserve for the Rem Veg community group.
“This small team worked very professionally and reflected positively on Livingstone Shire Council and was highly commended by the community groups it assisted and all of Council staff involved.”
This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.
A second Skilling Queenslanders for Work team is hoped to start in early September this year to again benefit the Livingstone Shire community and up skill trainees’ qualifications and knowledge in both Natural Resource Management and Construction.