Exciting trainee opportunities for indigenous youth are now available in the Dorrigo area.
Exciting trainee opportunities for indigenous youth are now available in the Dorrigo area. Inga Williams

Indigenous trainees to go bush in Dorrigo

INDIGENOUS traineeships are being offered in bush regeneration in the Dorrigo area.

Dorrigo trainee bush regenerators will be working to help manage significant Aboriginal areas and other important locations in the Dorrigo Aboriginal Lands Council area.

National Parks and Wildlife Service senior ranger Tim Scanlon said the locations being worked on will be selected by the local Aboriginal community and Aboriginal elders will be employed to assist the team manage them.

"The Dorrigo Green Team project provides a unique opportunity for Aboriginal people to obtain on-ground experience and qualifications in conservation and land management while working on country," he said.

The Dorrigo Green Team project is being managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Dorrigo Aboriginal Lands Council.

Funding to establish the team has been provided by the Federal Labor's biodiversity fund through the Jaliigirr Alliance project.

"The project is very much a partnership and input into the team will be provided by a range of organisations," Ranger Scanlon said.

"These include Dorrigo Aboriginal Lands Council, ETC, Bellingen Shire Council and Bellinger Landcare, with on ground supervision and training provided by EnviTE.

"Training for participants will include Aboriginal artefacts identification and formal qualifications in senior first aid, chem-cert, white card, weed identification and bush regeneration techniques."

Applications are now open and close on May 1.

More information can be obtained by phoning ETC on 6648 5400.



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