Hor­ti­cul­tural pro­ject as­sisted in Air­lie Beach main street

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A COM­MU­NITY pro­ject to re­fur­bish a sec­tion of the Air­lie Beach main street is al­most com­plete.

The pro­ject in­volves IDEAL Place­ments Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice, in con­junc­tion with Dig-it Land­scap­ing.

Three weeks ago work started on beau­ti­fy­ing a sec­tion of land at the cor­ner of Shute Har­bour Road and the Water­son Way en­trance to the Air­lie main street.

IDEAL Place­ments CEO Kathy Dine said the pro­ject came about be­cause af­ter meet­ing with a num­ber of lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, “it was ev­i­dent that morale was down due to the re­cent lack of trade and the ef­fect on shop own­ers and the com­mu­nity of the main street up­grade”.

“We thought a com­mu­nity pro­ject may be a nice ges­ture to as­sist in up­lift­ing the busi­ness dis­trict,” she said.

Ms Dine ap­proached rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers and govern­ment de­part­ments with an of­fer to run a gar­den­ing pro­ject that would also as­sist with up-skilling Whit­sun­day res­i­dents with bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment such as in­jury, ill­ness and dis­abil­i­ties.

“Our clients are all un­em­ployed and look­ing for work [and] IDEAL Place­ments’ aim is to even­tu­ally find em­ploy­ment for [them],” she said.

Ms Dine said Mark Wil­son from Dig-it Land­scap­ing came on board to of­fer sup­port for the pro­ject, with Dig-it sup­ply­ing a plan of the land and also pro­vid­ing on-the-job train­ing, su­per­vi­sion, plants and equip­ment, at no cost to the com­mu­nity.

“IDEAL Place­ments is ex­cited to have this op­por­tu­nity, as the clients will ben­e­fit greatly from the pro­ject along with the Air­lie com­mu­nity,” she said.

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