Townsville trainees April 2019

Quarantine Station Base for Conservation Trainees

The Cape Pallarenda Quarantine Station is on the way to being rejuvenated with practical on-the-job action from nine trainees undertaking a Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management. Our Townsville office, based within the historic Quarantine Station, is delivering the training. This traineeship is funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Since mid-March the trainees have been getting familiar with the site and the tasks they will undertake. This includes tackling the weeds that have bloomed with the rain, removing flood debris from the watercourses around the station, collecting seed and growing native plants and planting trees in the conservation park. The trainees will help Queensland Parks and Wildlife staff to reinvigorate the coastal fringe as they remove pest trees that block the views and breeze, install new picnic tables, and upgrade the park infrastructure.

“The trainees are keen to take on stewardship of this wonderful, but under-utilised, conservation area and to help the Quarantine Station shine,” explains Sharon Marks, our Townsville Regional Manager. “There are facilities out here that businesses and community groups can use, and it is a perfect place for any training to do with the natural environment.”

“Trainees will use our community nursery down at Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre to build their horticulture skills and grow the many plants we hope to use for revegetation of flood impacted waterways and coastal areas around Townsville.”

There will be a second intake for this six month training program in September 2019, with an opportunity for another nine participants to gain land management skills. The assessment of the training is being done by the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.

If you are interested in finding out more about the traineeship or would like to volunteer with CVA, please contact Sharon Marks on 0408 180 077 or 4774 1693, or [email protected]

Townsville trainees