MRC North delivers a number of community based projects to build the capacity of Launceston’s migrant communities.
Heritage Forest Community Garden
The vision of the Heritage Forest Community Garden (HFCG) at Mowbray is to create opportunities for migrants and local Tasmanians to grow and have secure access to fresh produce, nurture and share important life skills, while benefiting from onsite training and social enterprise opportunities.
The garden is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund, and is used to build raised garden beds, repair the central outbuilding for garden tools and as a participants’ shelter.
The garden is located in Launceston’s northern suburbs, with the land owned by Launceston City Council.
The project partners include MRC North, Youth Futures, Launceston City Council, Launceston Rotary Club and local resident and volunteer, Gus Green.
The next project stage has seen the formation of an Operational Committee, led by Youth Futures, who will take responsibility for future ongoing garden management, engaging a coordinator and volunteers, delivering horticulture training and developing social enterprise opportunities/
MRC will support the next stage in referring interested migrant participants to the project while liaising with other interested stakeholders and partners.
For further information, please contact Alister Mackinnon, MRC Community Development Officer, on 6332 2211.
FIND YOUR WAY INTO WORK
The Find Your Way into Work program is funded through Skills Tasmania. The Program delivers one-on-one and group support to humanitarian entrant and refugee participants to undertake:
- Skills identification and career pathway planning;
- Resume development and job applications;
- Interview and employment preparation;
- Introduction to computers and workplace documentation;
- Accredited and non-accredited training;
- Workplace communication and tours; and
- Work placement and volunteering opportunities.
If you are a humanitarian entrant or refugee, who has completed Certificate II in English, please contact Alister Mackinnon, MRC Job Coach, on 6332 2211.
Alternatively, if you are a local employer, who is interested in providing work place tour or work placement opportunities for participants, please contact Alister Mackinnon, on 6332 2211.
DRIVE 2 WORK PROGRAM
The Drive 2 Work (D2W) program, funded through the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet Wheels for Work program, was established in response to high staff turnover with employers outside urban areas of Launceston due to:
- Lack/flexibility of rural public transport for employees to get to work;
- Employees do not have a driver’s licence; and
- Employees do not have the use of a car.
The Program’s objective is to facilitate sustainable transport options for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) clients in order to secure and maintain employment with identified employers located in regional areas outside the greater Launceston region.
The D2W program enables people to car pool when travelling to work, while the rotational driver builds their hours necessary to achieve a provisional licence.
Queries regarding the D2W program are to be directed to the Program Coordinator, Janice Molineux, on 6332 2211.