Mt Barker Aboriginal Progress Association pushing for Indigenous jobs during Tower Hill tourist plan build

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Plans to develop Tower Hill could provide jobs.
Camera IconPlans to develop Tower Hill could provide jobs. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

The Mt Barker Aboriginal Progress Association is pushing for job opportunities for the local Indigenous community during Mt Barker trail builds.

Vice-president Brad Yorkshire has flagged the Shire of Plantagenet’s plans to develop Tower Hill into a tourist attraction as a key opportunity for local employment.

The plans include three components — a walk trail and landscape development at the top of the hill, a mountain bike trail network and the lighting of the tower.

The initial works, which started in March, include the development of a treetop raised boardwalk as part of the walk trail.

Mr Yorkshire said while it is just an idea that they have taken to the Shire, he hopes it results in some people finding employment.

“It would be a stepping stone into the mainstream workforce, and perhaps something a bit bigger,” he said.

“If they could see the process it takes to build these trails, the machine operating side, it could generate a bit of interest for these guys going down that road to chase further employment, whether on a machine or not.”

He said that while it could be something for all ages, he thought it was a particularly good opportunity for the younger generations.

“It would be good to get the school-age people up there, because it seems to be that once they get over a certain age they become less desirable to hire,” he said.

“Everyone wants to employ a young person out of school or TAFE because they are easier to mould to what you want.

“But I do have an open mind that maybe an older guy could get the right tickets and get among the workforce.”

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