Kim Hames

Kim Hames


    Stirling-Harvey Redevelopment Scheme to benefit Aboriginal employment

    10/10/2000 10:23 AM

      Aboriginal Affairs Minister Dr Kim Hames today congratulated all those involved in an Aboriginal training and employment program flowing from the $275 million Stirling-Harvey Redevelopment Scheme.

      At the launch of construction on the Harvey Dam, Dr Hames said about 30 Aboriginal people had already been involved in work associated with the scheme, including road construction, seed collection and spreading, fencing, tree planting and weed control, landscaping and nursery work.

      “The Water Corporation has gone out of its way to extend the benefits of the Stirling-Harvey Redevelopment Scheme,” he said.

      “As part of their Aboriginal training and employment program they have formed innovative partnerships with local groups including the Gnaala Karla Booja community and the Ngalang Boodja Council.

      “There are Aboriginal trainees working towards TAFE qualifications in office administration, landcare and horticulture - picking up skills that will benefit their long-term employment prospects.”

      A significant component of the program is the establishment of a horticulture business in Collie.

      “This business will be able to bid for stages of the 194ha of rehabilitation work - worth up to $3 million - associated with the scheme over the next four years,” Dr Hames said.

      “The Water Corporation is helping to fund shade houses and equipment, as well as supporting Aboriginal trainees undertaking horticulture courses at Collie TAFE.

      “The Stirling-Harvey Redevelopment Scheme has provided the focus, attracting the support and co-operation of the Shire of Collie, the South-West Regional College of TAFE and the Department of Training.

      “The Federal Government is also providing assistance, through the Noongar Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation.”

      Dr Hames said the program had attracted widespread interest and support.

      “It is setting a benchmark for indigenous involvement in capital works in the future,” he said.

      Media contacts:
      Sandy Gater, Minister’s office, 9424 7450
      Penny Walsh, Water Corporation, 9420 3057