Limeburners Link Trainees Help Restore Corio Ecology
Dec. 21, 2011
Eight indigenous and non-indigenous trainees from Geelong’s northern suburbs today graduated from the Limeburners Link programme with a Certificate in Conservation and Land Management and the satisfaction that their hard work contributed to the ecological restoration of Limeburners Bay in Corio.
Limeburners Link graduate, Colin McGee, said he was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the programme which has led to employment with Greening Australia Victoria, working in Bushland Management.
“The training I received has been put to good use – the last seven months of employment at Greening Australia has been a very rewarding experience,” Colin said.
Limeburners Link is an initiative of Shell, Greening Australia and the City of Greater Geelong that provides training for local residents and aims to raise awareness and enhance the natural environment of Limeburners Bay, an estuary on the shores of Corio Bay. The program received a boost from DSE Coastcare in 2011 through an indigenous community grant which enabled the trainees to develop their ethnobotanical herbariums and record traditional ecological knowledge.
As the coordinator of the programme, Danny Reddan from Greening Australia Victoria said the holistic nature of Limeburners Link was exciting.
“Through Limeburners Link we are building capacity and providing pathways for the community into further training and employment while achieving on ground outcomes in ecological restoration,” said Danny.
“It is also an opportunity for people to re-engage with their community and the natural environment,” he said.
Mark Schubert, general manager of Shell’s Geelong refinery said Limeburners Link aligns closely with the company’s commitment to support projects with an education focus or objective.
“On behalf of the refinery we’d like to congratulate the graduate trainees for their dedication and commitment to the Limeburners Link programme and we wish them future success,” said Mr Schubert.
“Shell has supported Limeburners Link for the past six years and we are pleased our local community has had the opportunity to learn from renowned environment experts and contributed to the restoration of the site,” he said.
“The programme achievements are particularly impressive to date with the engagement of 350 community trainees and volunteers, as well as 2000 students, who together planted 14,000 indigenous trees.”
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Danny Reddan – Greening Australia - Tel: 0409 424 128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictorial Opp.: Celebratory graduation lunch held at Cloverdale Community Centre from 12.00pm