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Challenge Employment and Training in collaboration with the Ipswich City Council has been working to beautify Ipswich one park at a time.

Beautiful Ipswich is an Ipswich City Council initiative that aims to beautify major thoroughfares and street scapes, create attractive parks and recreational pathways and improve waterways throughout time-honoured suburbs.

Banjo Patterson Park and Jamboree Park were the first two parks to receive a makeover by the Challenge team! The main objective for these two parks was to convert the existing embankments into vibrant, attractive entrances, defined by garden beds and existing trees.

The latest park that the Challenge trainees have been working on is Goupong Park in Collingwood Park. The trainer and trainees have been working hard painting, constructing shelter and park furniture, installing footings and picnic furniture, slabs and pathways, developing landscaping plans, weeding, mulching and planting over 2500 plants.

Challenge would like to thank Cr Kerry Silver Councillor for Division 3 for coming down last week to check out all of the work that has been done at the park and we are happy to say that she was very impressed to see the progress that the team has made!

Challenge General Manager Michael Krafft said that the progress that has been made by the team is outstanding.

“This program has multiple benefits for both the Ipswich community and our trainees that are looking to find their feet in the working world,” he said.

“The team has been working hard to make active improvements to the park to create a beautiful space for Ipswich families to enjoy.

“Participants have also benefited by undertaking paid practical work experience while gaining a qualification and support to assist them into employment upon completion.”

This intake of the Conservation and Land Management Program are due to finish up there 20 week traineeship and graduate on the 8th of June with their Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management, Chainsaw ticket, ACDC  training and Construction Industry White Card.

Three of the trainees have already gone on to secure employment with future prospects looking promising for many of the other trainees.

This project was proudly funded under the Queensland Governments Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

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For further information, please contact:

Lara Hyman
Marketing Officer
Challenge Employment and Training
lara.h@challengeemployment.org.au