A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver two new Green Army projects for Koala recovery in Mt Cotton and surrounding areas. The projects will be supported by $100,000 of funding from the 20 Million Trees Programme.
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:
• Replant native vegetation within Mt Cotton Community Park and surrounding areas to maintain and enhance local ecological values;
• Manage the health of local waterways, which ultimately flow into the Ramsar listed Moreton Bay; and
• Restore park links to nationally protected areas to provide wildlife corridors for koalas and threatened species such as the Greater Glider.
“These projects will help to ensure that Bowman’s local areas and environment are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Mr Laming said.
“The Green Army teams will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the projects.”
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.
“Andrew is a great local member who regularly talks to me about the environmental needs of his local community. He should be congratulated for advocating for these projects so strongly.”
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