Land Works Lithgow Graduation

Skillset were proud to see a number of Skillset Environment Land Works interns graduate in Lithgow on Thursday, June 7th, 2018. The internship gave participants experience working at Upper Dingo Swamp – Newnes Plateau.

The Upper Dingo Swamp Internship Project was a partnership between Skills 4 Trade, Forestry Corporation NSW, Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Land Works to control invasive weeds in an endangered ecosystem.

Newnes Plateau Shrub Swamp is a state listed Threatened Ecological Community isolated to the Newnes Plateau and small parts of the Blue Mountains. This swamp ecosystem provides critical habitat for several endangered flora and fauna species including the Giant Dragonfly, the Blue Mountains Water-Skink and Deans Boronia. The project aimed to remove/treat thousands of pine wildlings across 32.5 hectares of Upper Dingo Swamp. Invasive pine from neighbouring forests has rapidly spread throughout several endangered swamps causing degradation of habitat.

Lithgow candidates were interviewed at Verto and Joblink with eight (8) individuals securing internships. Interns completed a three (3) week Skills 4 Trade intensive training program which required the completion of weed control, chemical application, WH&S, and work skill TAFE units. The internship crew completed sixteen (16) working days at the Upper Dingo swamp treating a total of 7268 pine wildlings, exceeding all project expectations. CTLLS and Forestry were extremely happy with the outcome achieved.

Congratulations to all involved!