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A revamp of a remote Aboriginal community's plant nursery is providing a new source of employment for young people, as well as fresh local produce for the community store.
The remote Aboriginal community of Beswick (also known as Wugularr) has re-established a nursery to provide fruit, vegetables, garden plants and sunflowers. Transporting fresh fruit and vegetables to the community is very expensive so growing their own vegetables will provide a cheaper way for people to eat more healthily.
Youth services worker with Roper Gulf Shire, Paula Moloney, says soon the nursery will also plant bush medicine and bush tucker plants, and eventually pandanus plants for local women to use in art weaving. Ms Moloney said that two months ago there was nothing growing, but now vegetables were nearly ready to harvest and sell to the community. Ms Moloney hopes the nursery will eventually service surrounding communities.
Roper Gulf Shire youth worker Joseph Brown says the nursery is a new way of keeping young people occupied and avoiding unemployment. ‘I want to see young people get up and be responsible to themselves,' he said. ‘There are plenty of opportunities for employment in Beswick, if kids just look at the right places.'
Source: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Darwin
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