18 May 2020

New jobs for Canberrans to help bushfire recovery in Namadgi

| Dominic Giannini
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Namadgi National Park

The burnt landscape of the Namadgi National Park on Apollo Road. Photo: Michael Weaver.

Twenty-six new jobs have been announced to help bushfire recovery work in Namadgi National Park as part of the ACT Government’s $20 million jobs fund.

The successful applicants will begin training with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service within the next two weeks, bringing the total number of jobs approved through the fund to 344 across the ACT public service.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman says more than 500 people applied for the 26 roles.

“We are providing employment for up to six months to people who have been unemployed during this health emergency and they will gain new skills to help them with future opportunities,” he said.

“Six Ngunnawal rangers have been appointed to join the bushfire recovery team, particularly to care for country, aiding in the recovery of our natural and cultural heritage after the bushfire this year.

“Their work will also benefit from approximately $1 million of fast-track project funding to deliver critical bushfire recovery and other works in our reserves. Local businesses and contractors will supply the necessary resources.”

The new employees will undertake trail maintenance, the repair of fences along the boundary of Namadgi National Park and catchment restoration in the Lower Cotter Catchment.

The extra roles are in addition to another 156 jobs across the ACT public sector, including cleaners and maintenance officers for ACT schools and roads, administration officers, a locksmith and an assistant accountant.

More than 30 Canberrans will start their employment this week while 50 others will receive job offers. Shortlisting and interviews will also take place this week for a further 50 roles.

For more details about the Jobs for Canberrans fund, including eligibility, visit covid19.act.gov.au/jobsforcanberrans.

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