Yesterday our first National Green Jobs Corp crew graduated. That means around twenty 17-24 year old long term unemployed NW Coasters have completed a Cert 2 in Land and Conservation management. It also means a number of community gardens along the coast have had some special love and attention….Devonport Community House Community Garden & the vege garden at Oakleigh House in Burnie have had amazing facelifts. (the Burnie crew started work at the Wynyard Community Garden this week as well) Burnie Community House now has a community garden, the space at Penguin Sustainable Living Centre has had a major weed clearing and a berry fort and hot house are under construction. I am not sure if the guys know what a difference they have made……. This has been a beautiful partnership between the North West Environment Centre, Produce to the People Tasmania, Max Employment, the places that have gardens, The Commonwealth Bank staff at Burnie and TQA staff in Devonport who have volunteered to work along side the crew….The Salvos who receive produce….the community who get access to fresh locally grown vege.
I am pleased to say our second project starts on December 6 and will run for 6 months. As well as the upkeep of the gardens mentioned above we are adding 3 brand new school snack gardens that will be planned and built in collaboration with Leighlands Christian School in Burnie, the new Romaine Park Primary School (this one is going to be huge!) and the new Somerset Primary School.
A massive debt of gratitude goes to Chris Mitchell and Jay Rowley the supervisor and trainer of the GJC crew. These guys are absolutely amazing!