Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Members of the Indigenous community of Yarrabah in Queensland are currently developing a permaculture garden, as part of a Work for the Dole (WFD) scheme being mentored by staff from Jobfind Centres Australia.

Funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), this extensive project includes the development of a permaculture garden, building a nursery structure and constructing a covered ‘yarning circle’ space for a variety of community meetings and activities.

Being developed within the grounds of the Yarrabah Cooperative Society’s farm on a 400 square meter plot allocated by Yarrabah Mayor Percy Neal, the development is also likely to include a number of small family gardens so that the community can benefit from the growth of fresh produce.

Prior to completing the practical components of the project, participants took part in a four day motivation, self esteem and soft-skills building workshop to lay the foundations for effective participation in the project.

To encourage community ownership and input, the program’s participants are actively involved in the planning, design and implementation of all phases of the project. With an attendance rate so far of 90%, the project is proving to be overwhelmingly successful.

“So far, the participants are really enjoying the project and they’re proving it in their attendance rates”, said Clare Davey, Centre Manager of Jobfind Cairns.

“And they’re really involved in everything – from building their own community facilities, to learning the ins and outs of potting, planting and irrigation to grow their own fresh produce including corn, beans, oranges and lemons.”

To ensure the success of the project, Jobfind Cairns’s Community Services Broker and driving-force of such programs, Kim Homer, is working in conjunction with local Yarrabah organisation, Personal Helpers and Mentoring Service (PHaMs).

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Jobfind is a division of the Angus Knight group of companies, an Australian-owned organisation with a proven, decade-long record of providing quality employment and training services. A provider of the Australian Government’s Job Services Australia, Jobfind has placed almost half a million people into jobs since its inception. For more information on Jobfind and the Angus Knight Group, please visit
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Indigenous, training, Work for the Dole, WFD, Job Services Australia, JSA, DEEWR



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