The most recent Gidarjil Development Corporation’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program came to an end on Friday 9th August 2019. Graduates from the most recent program were awarded Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management at a special graduation ceremony. The graduation allowed Gidarjil, along with their local partners, community members and project hosts to celebrate the success and achievements of the program’s participants. Gidarjil’s training and employment programs assist Indigenous people in gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue their career pathways. The successful participants gain valuable exposure to a wide range of techniques, skills and qualifications. 

Throughout the 26-week program, Gidarjil’s team of 10 trainees participated in several projects across the Gladstone Region. These included restoring & monitoring local waterways and public areas.  

Key projects completed during the program include the restoration of a picnic area at Tondoon Botanic Gardens where the group was hosted by Gladstone Regional Council. The team also worked alongside the Fitzroy Basin Association and their volunteers at the Calliope Bio Control Nursery and were involved in planting trees alongside Conservation Volunteers Australia at Canoe Point. The group also assisted with propagation, seed collecting, and revegetation along with collecting marine debris at local beaches.  

On top of these practical skills the traineeship provides program participants with an opportunity to work toward creating a positive future and becoming involved in the local community. Program graduates are offered mentoring and support services to help them build secure and sustainable career pathways for the future.  

Gidarjil Development Corporation’s Gladstone Manager, Demi Blucher said that two of the program’s participants had secured work mid-way through the traineeship. “Nine participants completed the Certificate I Conservation & Land Management earlier in the program, with five participants seeing the program out,” Ms Blucher said.