Young people in Bonner will be among the first 17 to 24 year olds to join the Australian Government’s Green Army and become part of the largest environmental movement in Australia’s history, Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said today.
“The first round of Green Army projects is set to get underway in the coming weeks, and I’m pleased to announce Bonner will be one of the first to host a Green Army project team,” Mr Vasta said.
“Young Australians will now have the opportunity to be a part of one of the Government’s major environmental initiatives and help our community deliver important local conservation outcomes.”
A number of Green Army rehabilitation projects are set to be rolled out soon in Bonner, with the aim of restoring habitat and creating connectivity. The projects will commence in:
· Wynnum North;
· Minnippi Parklands;
· Rochedale; and
· Clem Jones Centre at Carina.
“The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Australian environment,” Mr Vasta said.
“Participants will receive a Green Army allowance for the duration of their project. Participants will also be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help them prepare for the workforce or improve their career opportunities.”
The Green Army was a key Coalition election commitment, and with $525 million budgeted over four years, the Green Army is one of the Government’s major environmental initiatives. It will encourage practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.
This investment in the Green Army will bring the Government’s total investment in natural resource management to more than $2 billion over four years.
Young Australians interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed Service Providers for each state and territory. Contact details for Service Providers are available from www.environment.gov.au/green-army.