John Kerry, Shelly McArdle, Leise Childs, Brendon and Calum with Julie and Tony Henderson. Amy Haydock ROK
John Kerry, Shelly McArdle, Leise Childs, Brendon and Calum with Julie and Tony Henderson. Amy Haydock ROK

Job seekers weed creek bed near Yeppoon Primary

IT MAY not look like much fun pulling weeds in the hot sun, but Brendon Heaslip and Calum Boggs know it's a stepping stone in the right direction to finding a career.

The pair have been pulling singapore daisy weed from the creek bed near Yeppoon Primary School one day a week for six weeks as part of an employment program with NEATO.

Team supervisor Julie Hendersen said the blokes had done a great job, working for hours in the heat without complaint.

"I take my hat off to these boys. It's incredibly easy to avoid doing this work but they're dedicated," Julie said.

"This project helps them build teamwork skills and meet new people as well.

"We had a few of the people working here find jobs, but we're building the team back up again to about 20 this year."

The program's 18-29-year-olds are required to work three days a week for six months while also taking part in an intensive job search.

Capricornia Catchments Shelly McArdle said the organisation was working in partnership with NEATO and Livingstone Shire Council to clean up the creek bed that had been overtaken by weeds.

She was very impressed with the group's efforts.

"I'm amazed at what these guys have been able to do - pulling weeds by hand without any chemicals and trying not to destroy any other plants in there too isn't easy work," she said.

"This will also prevent the weed from travelling further up the creek to other areas."

Brendon and Calum are both looking for permanent positions, with Calum hoping to land an apprenticeship as a mechanic.