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Flood clean-up in cane kicks up a notch

Eliza Rogers, Thursday August 29, 2013 - 15:14 EST
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Left to right, back row to front row: Job seekers Ray Browning and Reece McDowell, supervisor Mark Thompson from Work for the Dole, projects officer Brad Crosbie from BMRG, Noel Penny, and job seekers Thomas Watson and Chris Tranter. - ABC

A handful of young jobseekers have well and truly been put to work clearing flood debris out of cane fields around the Wide Bay.

The Burnett Mary Regional Group has teamed with Neato to train up 12 local job seekers at the Australian Agricultural College and send them into the fields.

It's only been going a week, and the crush is almost two thirds complete in some areas, but there's still a lot more help to dish out.

Supervisor Mark Thompson from Work for the Dole, projects officer Brad Crosbie from BMRG, and 19-year-old job seeker Thomas Watson had a yarn about the project.

Only four cane farmers have expressed interest, and Mr Crosbie said they wanted to spread the message further.

"I would suggest that there were a lot more property owners out there that would require the help... maybe it's a bit of a communication thing."

A nearby house riddled with asbestos will also be used as a demolition project for the workers.

BMRG is also working with Bundaberg Sugar to remove debris from mangroves near farming land.


© ABC 2013

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