'Go Green' Project supports cleanup of Wirilda Reserve

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20 Jobseekers are gaining up to 26 weeks of real life job skills through the application of Conservation and Land Management practices at the Wirilda Wetlands Reserve, located near the township of Tyers.  

Participants of GippsTAFE ‘Go Green’ project are undertaking the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, while gaining hands on work experience in the field.  

James Farmer, Team Leader of GippsTAFE’s Horticulture unit believes that the benefits of the project are twofold. 

Mr Farmer stated that “some of these participants are really keen to get their hands dirty and have a go at using equipment they may not have ready access to at home. By linking accredited training to on the job learning, these job seekers are gaining experience toward securing employment in this high demand area.” 

So far participants have been busy reinstating garden beds, cleaning up over grown areas and assisting with seed collection and propagation to aid the revegetation of native flora. Participants are also contributing to walking track restoration, park facilities improvement, wetland management and weed eradication throughout the reserve.  

“The project is being conducted in partnership with Max Employment – one of several agencies coordination the Australian Government Funded National Green Jobs Corp jobs programs across Victoria. The activity provides a great way for young people aged between 17 and 24 to engage in a workplace environment, while contributing to their community” Mr Farmer said.  

A second assignment aiming to build on the significant efforts undertaken to date commenced on 22 August.  Job seekers with a keen interest in horticulture and the environment are encouraged to speak to their individual Employment Services Case Manager, or a representative of Centrelink, about the potential for referral to the project. Participation in the project and subsequent completion of the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management is free of charge to those who meet limited eligibility criteria. 

To find out more about this project please contact James Farmer at GippsTAFE’s Morwell Campus on (03) 5120 4500.