A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver a $1.2 million local environment plan for Brisbane’s Southern Suburbs. The local plan will deliver six new Green Army projects across the electorates of Griffith, Rankin and Moreton with each project valued at approximately $200,000.
The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience which will assist them in the future to find jobs, while generating real benefits for the local environment.
The projects will:
• Rehabilitate local parks and environmental areas in Brisbane’s Southern Suburbs;
• Repair local rivers, creeks and waterways including Brisbane River, Oxley Creek and Scrubby Creek; and
• Deliver improved local water quality, remove invasive species and replant with native species.
“These projects will help to ensure that the local areas and environment of Brisbane’s Southern Suburbs are strengthened and local waterways are protected,” Ms Ward said.
“The Green Army teams will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the projects,” Mr Monsour said.
The Green Army has been a huge success with 1145 projects announced nationally and more than 700 projects already rolled out in urban, rural and remote areas.
In Queensland, 186 Green Army projects have already been completed or are currently underway.
The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local communities to undertake environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia while offering participants valuable skills and practical experience.
“We will work with local government, local residents and community groups in the design of the projects,” Minister Hunt said.
The Green Army programme not only benefits the environment, but also provides participants with skills and experience which will support them in finding jobs or further education.
Funding for these projects has been provided for from within existing budget resources.
To find out more about the Green Army visit: www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy