The Green Army will reach another major milestone this week with 54 new projects starting work, bringing the total number of projects underway or completed to 165.
We committed to delivering 250 projects on the ground in the first year of the Green Army and we are on track to exceed that target. We are well ahead of schedule.
Projects that have been completed have delivered impressive results not only for the local environment, but also for the young participants involved.
The Green Army provides young people across the country with a chance to take part in important environmental and conservation activities, while at the same time receiving training and qualifications.
Green Army participants receive an allowance, training in first aid, and are eligible to gain Certificate I or II qualifications in areas such as land management, park management, landscaping or horticulture or nationally endorsed skills set to support them in their future career prospects.
We continue to hear positive stories of Green Army participants finding employment in environmental fields, or going on to become Project Supervisors in other Green Army projects.
The Green Army is making a real difference to the environment and local communities, and it will continue to grow over time.
Further information on the Green Army is available online at www.environment.gov.au/green-army