INDIGENOUS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT / TRAINING PROGRAMME

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This involves working with tribal elders to collect seed, plant cuttings and root stock from known “bush medicine plants” in the 430 sq kilometre area of state controlled land north of Saltwater Creek Rd.

Is it too big a step to consider a program such as this similar to the program run at Macquarie University in Sydney by Professor Jo-ann Jamie who works with Indigenous people in NSW to collect, propagate and subject known bush medicine plants to scientific evaluation when indigenous use would be described as “Folk” medicine at best. This is a program which would involve a Qld University run in conjunction with the Green Army program run by FCRC for local indigenous youth who are over represented in unemployed youth in Wide Bay which unfortunately has the highest youth unemployment in Qld and I could see many doors for further and higher education opportunities from such a program.

The front page of Week End Australia has an article regarding Indigenous Recognition in the Constitution, also further article page 16 in Inquirer section this would be relevant training for Indigenous youth by Elders as a recognition of their traditional knowledge. Also Col has heard of a local Landcare Group who are interested in working with local people to reintroduce Endemic plants which have gone from some areas because of over clearing and a project such as this would fit well with the propagation and spread of these plants to ensure survival for future testing as well as replace them where they were known to exist naturally for we don’t realise their value in our environment until they have disappeared, this would also create further work in our region.

There is a sense of urgency with a program such as this as the suggestion for a coalmine on the northern side, (Churchill Mine) and the Colton Coal mine on the western boundary plus the application for 2000 ha of land along the Churchill Mine Rd by the Maryborough Sugar Factory means if and when these 3 projects get under way the total removal of native vegetation would mean the end of any plant collection.

This program has been maintained by 5 separate Governments which has had great success and continues to have great success and is 100% federally funded.

It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local environment. Participants will receive an allowance and gain hands-on, practical skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields.
Also, we have had many discussions on recognising by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion hungry people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been. We believe there is a need for young leaders to be engaged in finding sustainable agricultural solutions to the growing global need for safe, nutritious food.
On 24th August 2015, 100 young leaders from around the world will gather at the Global Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia to discuss ideas, develop a vision and deliver action.

This would be an Event I highly recommend a Councillor attend and believe it has something of value for our region and will be gained from a workshop such as this. Global Youth Ag Conference

With 90% Indigenous youth unemployed I am keen to have this started.

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