A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver a new Green Army project for Mornington, Mt Eliza, Boggy Creek and Baxter.
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 project will:
• Deliver significant improvements to local areas of high environmental, community and Indigenous cultural value, including Mt Eliza Regional Park, Boggy Creek, Baxter and the Mornington coastline
• Manage threatening processes such as weed invasion, erosion and sedimentation.
• Protect Indigenous cultural sites, by contributing to tasks such as erosion management and protecting middens.
• Protect and restore threatened ecological communities and local species, including the Australasian Bittern, through the removal of environmental weeds and invasive species, and replacing with native species.
“This project will help to ensure that Dunkley’s local areas and environment are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Mr Crewther said.
“The Green Army team 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 Dunkley, seven Green Army projects have already been rolled-out – and 114 projects are completed or underway across Victoria.
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.
“Chris Crewther is a great candidate 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.
To find out more about the Green Army visit: www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy