A flood of new jobs
Pilot program: employment results from efforts to control invasive weeds
MONTO has had an unexpected benefit from the floods.
In an effort to control invasive weeds brought about by the floods Burnett Mary Regional Group has engaged a variety of people to help out and cats claw creeper is one of the main weeds to be targeted.
Brad Crosby, the group’s volunteer co-ordinator for the flood recovery project, said the positive result from the flood had been greater awareness and government taking more notice of flood areas.
Seven young men from the Monto area, 80% who have never had full time work before, now have jobs for the next two years.
For most of them this is their first full-time job.
Chris Baker We have all now gained certificates in chainsaws and spraying.
One of the new workers had been out of work for 20 years.
Mr Crosby said the federal and state government funding of $7000 was used to engage local employment providers and get referrals of unemployed people.
One of the seven is Chris Baker, 19, who is now supervising the group.
“I was referred by a job agency and have been in for a little over a month and will definitely stay for two years,” Mr Baker said.
“We have all now gained certificates in areas such as chainsaws and spraying.”
WEED BUSTERS: Post flood weed control has created full time employment for seven Monto people.