A TWO-YEAR project to rehabilitate the Ripley section of Bundamba Creek has been launched by Challenge Employment and Training and Ecco Ripley developer Sekisui House.

With a $780,000 contribution from the State Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, the project will generate 90 new trainee positions for local residents over the course of the program.

Sekisui House will contribute work gear, equipment and machinery work to assist the program, purchase of plants and materials and hiring consultants to support the trainees.

Civil contractors working on the Ecco Ripley development were criticised by surrounding landowners recently for pumping water from Bundamba Creek during the dry summer months, a practice the contractors stopped while levels were low.

Sekisui House Australia CEO Toru Abe said the group had strong principles on environmental protection and this project would help rescue and restore the Bundamba Creek area for the benefit of the local environment and the whole community.

"Bundamba Creek is a valued and treasured part of not only Ecco Ripley, but the entire local community and the traineeship program is a great initiative to ensure it is protected for years to come," Mr Abe said.

He said the program also aimed to create new job opportunities and training for local residents.

The Conservation and Land Management traineeship will run for 15 weeks. The first round of 30 students completed their traineeships in mid-April and the second intake of 60 students started early May.

Challenge Employment and Training General Manager Michael Krafft said nine of the trainees in the first intake of 18 trainees had gained jobs from the traineeship and another two had undergone further training.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said restarting the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative delivered a number of programs and ensured that the Government was getting people into jobs.



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