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Capricorn Coast Ahead On Environmental Values

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As part of Lendlease’s partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast has been selected to host eight programs per year over the next four years, giving an opportunity to 1000 employees, to build economic sustainability, improve local facilities and deliver skills and training to community members.

Following the inaugural program which was rolled out in June, the second Lendlease Springboard Program, which is being held at Rosslyn Bay Resort this week, is an innovative five-day residential program that brings Lendlease employees from around the world to partner with a carefully chosen destination for an opportunity to listen, learn and find new ways to make a difference that is both aspirational and leaves a tangible legacy.

Delegates attending the program this week will be working closely with local community groups such as Darumbal and Woppaburra people, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Livingstone Shire Council, Fitzroy Basin Association and High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm, to discover the impacts and challenges faced by our destination.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll is proud and delighted to welcome the Lendlease program and its delegates to our shores and is looking forward to seeing some remarkable outcomes for the Capricorn Coast in the future.

“Following a visit to several significant destinations across Queensland, and a successful four years prior in Tasmania, Lendlease decided to drop their anchor in Yeppoon, after discovering an incredibly strong synergy to both parties shared environmental values,” said Ms Carroll.

“Aside from its pristine coastline and iconic Keppel Islands which are home to some of the healthiest and extraordinary coral assemblages that are distinct from the rest of the Great Barrier Reef, the Lendlease team were inspired by our local community groups and organisations that positively contribute to preservation of our vibrant coastal town.”

Participants attending this week’s program will jump on board local operator, Freedom Fast Cats for the opportunity to explore our beautiful Southern Great Barrier Reef before taking a tour through our unique permaculture farm, High Valley Dawn, to learn from Ross O’Reilly and his team, about the farms evolving, self-sustaining community model.

Set to develop long-term relationships between Lendlease and its community partners, the program endeavours to effect change by raising awareness of conservation, exploring the cultural and ecological practices of the region’s Traditional Owners, and create a network of like-minded people around the globe who are committed to delivering solutions to sustainable challenges.

Approximately 1,000 employees, over the four-year program, will embark on the Capricorn Coast to hopefully generate millions of dollars in social and economic outcomes for Lendlease employees, community volunteers and local businesses.

“The Capricorn Coast is a region of lifestyle, diversity, innovation and untapped opportunities,” said Ms Carroll. “We look forward to this program unleashing some fresh ideas that will deliver strong outcomes for our entire community.”

For more than 60 years, Lendlease has consistently strived to create places that generate positive economic, social and environmental outcomes. The Lendlease Foundation was established in 1983 and delivers health and wellbeing programs and initiatives to approximately 13,000 employees globally.

Capricorn Enterprise congratulates Livingstone Shire Council, particularly Trish Weir, Manager of Customer Engagement and Communications for playing a key role in coordinating this exciting opportunity for the Capricorn Coast.

For more information or an interview opportunity, please contact Capricorn Enterprise on 4927 2055.