The Capricorn Coast in central Queensland hosted the first Lendlease Foundation Springboard program, a five day residential program to generate a positive social legacy.
Lendlease employees from around the world partnered and worked with the Capricorn Coast community groups to find new ways to make a difference.
As part of Lendlease’s partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Yeppoon was selected as the program’s location to provide employees with an opportunity to learn about impacts and threats to the Southern region of the Great Barrier Reef.
The program will see employees collaborate with local community groups including the Darumbal and Woppaburra people, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Livingstone Shire Council, Fitzroy Basin Association and High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm.
Around 1000 employees will work with local and Indigenous communities on projects to help build the economic sustainability of the region.
Cate Harris, Group Head of Sustainability and Lendlease Foundation said the program has a strong focus on sustainability.
“It aims to create a network of like-minded people around the globe who are committed to living a more sustainable life and effecting change by helping to create solutions to sustainability challenges,” she said.
Eight Springboard programs will be held each year over the next four years.
The projects will enhance the existing capabilities of the local community, improve facilities and provide skills and training to community members.
Acting Mayor, Nigel Hutton said the council looks forward to building a strong relationship with Lendlease and its employees while also seeing the positive social and economic benefits the Springboard program will bring to the region and its communities.
Lendlease’s most recent Springboard Tasman Peninsula program in 2018 generated more than $20 million in social and economic outcomes for Lendlease employees, local community volunteers and businesses.