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Green thumbs reveal ingenious ‘turtle’ project to Minister

Multicultural Australia gardening trainees in Rockhampton received a visit from the Hon Shannon Fentiman, MP the Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development last Wednesday morning. 

The trainees will soon graduate from their Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management studies, through our Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. 

In association with Rockhampton Regional Council, the trainees have planted trees and managed weeds at a variety of sites. 

At the Armstrong St Community Garden, the trainees showed the Minister their ‘turtle’, an ingenious structure made from recycled tyres which stabilises the ground and is planted out with native species. It is part of an Indigenous species garden which also features a yarning circle where trainees can gather and share their gardening tips and tricks.

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