HARD work has been rewarded for a Bathurst trainee with Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
Conservation and land management trainee Tarren Carr-Smith was a finalist in the Aboriginal Trainee of the Year category in the 2019 Skillset Land Works Awards in recognition of his first year working with Central Tablelands LLS.
Senior land services officer Allan Wray said Mr Carr-Smith had shown great commitment and initiative in the various projects with which he had been involved since joining the agency in 2018.
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Mr Carr-Smith has recently been engaged in purple copper butterfly habitat monitoring and working with the Living on the Edge project which is focused on environmental management in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
"We've been trialling traditional Aboriginal fire management on purple copper butterfly habitat, aimed at regenerating native blackthorn bush which is the butterfly's only food source, and Tarren has been assisting with post burn monitoring on the trial sites," Mr Wray said.
Mr Carr-Smith said LLS had been inspecting the condition of ground cover and vegetation pre and post burns "as well as monitoring the butterfly population's response to traditional burning, and we did night-time larvae counts during the breeding season last December".
He said he applied for a traineeship with LLS because the role offered opportunities for a career path.
"I've always been curious about environmental and land management work that happens around the region, but until I joined Local Land Services, I didn't realise they did so much behind the scenes and working with landholders and groups like Landcare," he said.
"The team is a really good bunch to work with, and I enjoy getting outside to work in the bush looking after the country.
"We're always taking on interesting new jobs, like the latest project I've been working on where we've been trapping fruit flies to help develop a new remote fruit fly monitoring tool."