Mayor Ron Dyne with graduates Justyn O’Rourke, Dale Whalley (back), Carly Chilli, project manager Simon Vicic and Member for Gympie David Gibson.
Mayor Ron Dyne with graduates Justyn O’Rourke, Dale Whalley (back), Carly Chilli, project manager Simon Vicic and Member for Gympie David Gibson. Contributed

Gympie graduates win jobs

SIX of 10 participants at the Queensland Fitness, Sport and Recreation, Skills Alliance's Gympie AFL and Parks Rebuilding Project gained jobs before the completion of the project.

The other four are applying for positions and hope to have employment in the near future. That was the good news at the project's graduation ceremony at Six Mile Oval last Friday.

The project was made possible thanks to a $659,351 financial contribution to the rebuilding efforts, received from the Australian and Queensland Governments, RACQ Foundation, Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority, Gympie Regional Council, the AFL Club and Skills Alliance.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne thanked everyone involved for helping to rebuild community resources which suffered in ongoing flood events experienced in the local area.

"The Gympie Region, while well-versed at managing our flood events especially in relation to the CBD, still suffers considerable infrastructure and community damage every time an event hits," Cr Dyne said.

"The last couple of years have tested everyone's resolve.

"While we may not have suffered the devastation and trauma experienced in other parts of the state and eastern Australia, we most certainly have not come through unscathed.

"We are still recovering, rebuilding and refurbishing."

Skills Alliance said the project provided participants with industry standard skills which would ensure they would be an asset to local business anywhere in the region.

The significant works at the Gympie AFL Club, the One Mile sports ground, and the Station Rd pedestrian bridge reflect the efforts of the graduating crew, who worked under the watchful eyes of CTC project supervisor Simon Vicic and Skills Alliance project manager Eddie Lees.

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