The lure of the bush and an appreciation of the outdoors has led budding forester Ronald Brennan to join the Forest Product Commission’s (FPC) Kalgoorlie sandalwood team.
Ronald is now headlong into a six month traineeship with the FPC after coming through the Clontarf Foundation which is focused on improving the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
FPC Sandalwood Manager Ben Sawyer said a significant focus of the recent sandalwood restructure was increasing Aboriginal engagement and Ronald’s appointment built on that momentum.
“Employing Ronald is not only about increasing Aboriginal engagement, it is also about building a succession plan to make sure we have young people coming into the system,” Ben said.
“The traineeship allows the FPC to provide training and employment opportunities in the sandalwood industry and develop the foresters for the future.”
Ronald, who joined the sandalwood team in January, said so far he was learning a lot from the team and was particularly enjoying working in the bush.
“Hopefully by the end of the program I have accumulated enough knowledge and skills to be able to successfully apply for a more permanent position within the organisation,” Ronald said.