Fivebough Wetlands receives Work for the Dole makeover

FIVEBOUGH Wetlands is set to become one of Leeton’s premier tourism destinations thanks to a recent makeover.

Get Set Training’s work for the dole crew recently celebrated the completion of project that has resulted in major improvements to the main picnic ground, landscaping the surrounding gardens, building new pathways and refurbishing the existing building and picnic tables. 

The work was done under the supervision of Joe Mimmo, while the group also completed training with Riverina TAFE to create steel window sculptures.

These have been installed around the wetlands’ walking tracks. 

Native birds who frequent the facility such as the Red Rumped Parrot and the Spotted Pardalote will also benefit from new nesting boxes that have been installed by the crew after they were made by Work for the Dole job seekers at LifeSource Church in Griffith. 

Mission Providence Work for the Dole co-ordinator Kelly Thatcher said the program provided valuable skills, while at the same time benefiting the community. 

“Sureway’s job seekers have worked hard and practiced skills in construction, landscape gardening, conservation and welding and they have shown excellent reliability and commitment to this activity,” she said.

“We are all hoping employers who may be looking for staff with these skills and this commitment may be interested in talking to these job seekers about a job. 

“That would be a really great outcome.” 

Bec Byrne and Melva Robb from NSW Department of Industry - Crown Lands and Water Division were also happy with the work that has been completed.

Ms Thatcher said the job seekers were proud of what they had achieved and hoped the community would head out to the wetlands and check it out for themselves. 

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