The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council has recruited 12 new members into Queensland’s Green Army for 20 weeks paid work that will focus on improving the Yarrabah Esplanade.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said a grant of $191,980 from the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative would support the project.

“Green Army work placement projects offer jobseekers an excellent opportunity to gain practical horticultural and landscaping skills while being paid to improve the environment in their area,” Mr Pitt said.

“People around the state who have registered their interest online are being selected for projects and that the skills and experience past participants have developed has lead them into new jobs.”

Mr Pitt said the participants would complete a variety of training and work under the supervision of council staff.

“This project along a section of Mission Bay will improve facilities and beautify the Yarrabah Esplanade, which will benefit the whole community,” Mr Pitt said.

“Recent workplace experience as well as new skills will help participants’ secure ongoing work when these placements finish.”

Mr Pitt said the Green Army was an election commitment that was being delivered as promised by the Bligh Government.

“This is a $57 million investment that will employ 3,000 Queenslanders over the next three years on projects of environmental importance,” Mr Pitt said.

“I’m a real fan of this initiative and I’ll continue to look for other Green Army projects to assist workers in Mulgrave.”

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Leon Yeatman said participants would gain a General Safety Induction White Card for the construction industry as well as four modules from the Certificate II in Horticulture.

“This is a great opportunity for local unemployed people to earn a wage while learning new skills and supporting our community,” Mr Yeatman said.

“The 12 participants will install play equipment, establish garden beds, construct barbeques, outdoor tables and benches as well as landscaping work.”

Queensland’s Green Army is part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.  For more information call 1300 369 925.

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