Gladstone Indigenous School Based Trainees

Matangi Blackman, Anzac Nettles, Jukarn Johnson & Coen Dodd

GIDARJIL Development Corporation Ltd is a leading Indigenous organisation in both the Bundaberg and Gladstone region. Over the last 14 years the organisation’s vision has been to develop opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the region.

The Port Curtis Coral Coast Native Title Claimant Group (PCCC) has identified a demand amongst Indigenous people for training in Conservation and Land Management. This will begin a potential pathway to higher education and broader job prospects. Conservation and Land Management has been shown to give Indigenous people a tangible connection to country and through this engagement, leads to improvement in work ethics and the desire to remain employed.

Their current Ranger program has found those working in the conservation and land management fields have engaged enthusiastically and developed exceptional work ethics. Almost all rangers have gone on to other work opportunities in the main stream market place. The program delivers life skills and Conservation and Land Management skills giving them a connection to both land and sea.
This project will provide a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management for six students with environmental and conservation training aligned with Education Queensland and industry to provide the best possible outcomes in training and work experience.

School Based Trainees can expect a wide range of experiences including surveying estuaries, mud flats, mangroves, and marine life. The project will also allow students to have work experience within Gidarjil Development Corporation and with the Land and Sea Ranger teams.  Each student is mentored through the program by Gidarjil staff and rangers.

Gidarjil staff say “The benefits of this program will focus on keeping our young people in school longer, be better educated when leaving, and to achieve economic and environmental outcomes for our people and our environment.”