Youth and the environment team up

A NEW partnership between Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and Pathfinders will see greater opportunity for disadvantaged youth and the environment. 

The new project agreement will involve disadvantaged young people helping to rehabilitate a degraded section of the Tilbuster Ponds Creek at Tilbuster Station.  Project Manager Charlie Winter said he was absolutely thrilled.

“It’s an awesome project and good partnership with local land services to rehabilitate the creek line,” Mr Winter said. 

“It’s a great partnership and I want to make this property of best practise of agriculture so we can teach these children how to run farms.”

Station manager Charlie Winter with Pathfinder boys Ashley Murray and Nathaniel Keuntje

Station manager Charlie Winter with Pathfinder boys Ashley Murray and Nathaniel Keuntje

Pathfinders will implement the project by training young people in rural skills. 

“Disadvantaged young people are already working on the property in a range of agricultural, horticultural and trade skills programs such as crop and vegetable production, beef cattle husbandry, fencing, welding and building construction,” Mr Winter said.

“We’re aiming to build self-esteem.”

The project will also include local schools.

“We are going to bring a lot of the community here for the planting phase and that will really expose our young people,” Mr Winter said.  

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