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Improving Northern Tassie Landscapes

A new miniature rail line for the annual Steamfest Event, wildlife protection and landscaping are among the activities undertaken by Work for the Dole (WFD) participants in Northern Tasmania recently.

There was a new miniature rail line attracting guests to this years’ Steamfest Event courtesy of construction efforts by WFD participants. The Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society hosts Steamfest each year drawing thousands of visitors to Sheffield and boosting business for locals. It is hoped the addition of the rail line encourages even more attendees.

In Ulverstone, a peaceful coastal town, WFD participants were busy landscaping tee beds at the popular golf course. Retaining walls were constructed to rectify some erosion type problems to beautify the course. Participants have learnt valuable landscaping skills to support their future job efforts.

The Devonport Community House have received a new children’s garden thanks to another recent WFD program, which attracted recognition from His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) for its workmanship and value to children. The Community House is incredibly active in the local community providing a range of activities to build skills in technology, cooking, budgeting and staying fit. They have hosted multiple WFD activities.

Schools and community groups in Launceston will have the chance to be more aware of wildlife hot spots with the construction of a pop up information kiosk. The kiosk is completely transportable, will be solar powered and provide digital and printed information about the importance of slowing down in known wildlife zones. WFD participants undertook this project as part of the broader state-wide project – Drive Aware to Save the Tasmanian Devil.

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