Two new Green Army projects are coming to Bonner following the announcement of successful projects for Round Two of the important environmental programme, Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said today.
“I’m pleased to announce two new rehabilitation projects for the Iona Wetlands and Oxbow Wetlands,” Mr Vasta said.
“There are more than 350 Green Army projects set to roll out across Australia in the coming weeks following the announcement of successful Round Two applicants for the Green Army programme.”
Mr Vasta said the two projects will rehabilitate and restore habitat within the Iona Wetlands and Oxbow Wetlands. The project teams will undertake key activities including weed control, brush cutting, herbicide applications, mulching, revegetation establishment, seed collection and propagation, habitat creation using natural materials, as well as monitoring and evaluation of the area.
“The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and conservation fields, and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Australian environment,” Mr Vasta said.
“The Green Army has been an incredible success story for both the environment and those involved. All participants have received training, and many have jobs lined up for when their project finishes.”
Combined with those announced in Round One, 548 Green Army projects have now been announced across Australia.
Mr Vasta said Round 3 of the Green Army programme was now open for applications.
“I encourage eligible community organisations, environment groups and local councils to join this already enormously successful environmental initiative that is delivering real benefits to the Australian environment,” Mr Vasta said.
“Green Army project activities could involve restoring and protecting native habitat, weeding, revegetation, cleaning up waterways, creeks and rivers, fencing, gully remediation, preventing erosion, protecting and conserving heritage places and values, or monitoring and surveying on Indigenous and non-Indigenous lands.”
To be eligible for Round 3, project sponsors must have at least one project ready to begin between 1 June 2015 and 30 June 2016. Applications for Round 3 are open until 17 March 2015.
Further information, project guidelines, the application form and further information on the Programme is available at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.
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 at www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army/service-providers.