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INDIGENOUS YOUTH TRAINING / EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

This program involves working with tribal elders to collect seed, plant cuttings and root stock from
known "bush medicine plants" in the 430 sq kilometre area of state controlled land north of
Saltwater Creek Rd.
Is it too big a step to consider a program such as this similar to the program run at Macquarie
University in Sydney by Professor Jo-ann Jamie who works with Indigenous people in NSW to
collect, propagate and subject known bush medicine plants to scientific evaluation when indigenous
use would be described as "Folk" medicine at best.
This is a program which would involve a Qld University run in conjunction with the Green Army
program run by FCRC for local indigenous youth who are over represented in unemployed youth in
Wide Bay which unfortunately has the highest youth unemployment in Qld and I could see many
doors for further and higher education opportunities from such a program.
The front page of Week End Australia has an article regarding Indigenous Recognition in the
Constitution, also further article page 16 in Inquirer section this would be relevant training for
Indigenous youth by Elders as a recognition of their traditional knowledge
A local Landcare Group are interested in working with local people to reintroduce Endemic plants
which have gone from some areas because of over clearing and a project such as this would fit well
with the propagation and spread of these plants to ensure survival for future testing as well as
replace them where they were known to exist naturally for we don’t realise their value in our
environment until they have disappeared, this would also create further work in our region.
There is a sense of urgency with a program such as this as the suggestion for a coalmine on the
northern side, (Churchill Mine) and the Colton Coal mine on the western boundary plus the
application for 2000 ha of land along the Churchill Mine Rd by the Maryborough Sugar Factory
means if and when these 3 projects get under way the total removal of native vegetation would
mean the end of any plant collection.
This program has been maintained by 5 separate Governments which has had great success and
continues to have great success and is 100% federally funded.
It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local
environment. Participants will receive an allowance and gain hands-on, practical skills, training and
experience in environmental and conservation fields.
We need to recognise by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion hungry people in the world and less
farmland and resources than there’s ever been. I believe there is a need for young leaders to be
engaged in finding sustainable agricultural solutions to the growing global need for safe, nutritious
food.
The Green Army supports hands-on local environment and conservation projects across urban,
regional and remote Australia.
The Australian Government has engaged five Service Providers to help deliver the programme and
enter into agreements with organisations hosting local community projects.
Service providers are responsible for recruiting participants and team supervisors, managing work
health and safety, providing training, paying allowances, and overseeing project management.
The Service Providers are:

Campbell Page Limited together with Skillset Limited

CoAct

Conservation Volunteers Australia
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INDIGENOUS YOUTH TRAINING / EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Manpower Services together with Landcare Australia Limited, and
Workskil Australia Incorporated

Project hosts:

Can nominate projects that benefit the environment as well as your local community.

Receive a team of up to nine participants and a qualified team supervisor, who work for
up to 30 hours each per week.

The team can carry out activities such as revegetation, habitat protection, weed control,
cleaning up creeks and rivers and conserving national or Indigenous heritage places.

The Green Army Programme covers costs associated with the team including:

participant allowances

supervisor wages

safety clothing and basic equipment

participant training

local transport costs

insurances

Items such as seeds, chemicals, fencing materials and equipment can be supplied by
Service Providers, with an average value of $10,000 per project.
Participants
 Are paid an allowance during your placement in the Green Army, ranging from $10.24 to
$16.61 an hour.
 Will be trained in First Aid and Work Health and Safety before starting a project.
 Have the opportunity to do accredited training modules or nationally endorsed skill sets to
help you prepare for the workforce or improve your career opportunities.
 Help a nationwide effort to clean up and protect Australia’s environment and lend a hand
your local community.
 Will help deliver tangible benefits for the environment, such as regenerating parks,
rejuvenating wetlands and rivers, restoring native vegetation and protecting animal habitats.
 Can meet people who are as interested in helping the environment as you are.
 Will be given appropriate clothing and safety gear, including boots, trousers, hat, gloves, and
shirts. Wet weather gear and jumpers or jackets for cold climates will be provided.
With 90% Indigenous youth unemployed I am keen to have this started.

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