As part of our community engagement for this project, we are currently in the process of developing a Memorandum of Understanding with TAFE New England to facilitate training opportunities for Indigenous students from Toomelah who are undertaking a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management. As part of this training we are giving hands on training to the students in skills such as weed control, revegetation and monitoring techniques. One of the students will then be offered a cadetship with CO2 Australia to assist with monitoring of this project and possibly another of our 20 Million Tree projects in southern Queensland.
The students visited the project site on 6 September 2016 where they learnt about site preparation methods, planting design constraints (topography, existing infrastructure, erosion potential), quality assurance procedures and weed control techniques. They will be visiting again on 4 October to participate in some hands on training about the establishment and planting phase of the project.