A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver a new Green Army project for Pambula Wetlands.
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:
• Rejuvenate the Pambula Wetlands which are wetlands of National Importance, a critical stopover for migratory shorebirds and ideal feeding areas with abundant sea grass
• Work to protect local threatened species including Curlew Sandpiper, Eastern Curlew, and Cynanchum elegans (White-flowered Wax Plan)
• Protect and restore feeding, nesting, roosting sites through the removal of environmental weeds and invasive species, and replacing with native species
The Government will work with Bega Valley Council, Panboola, Atlas of Coastal Wilderness and other local community groups in the roll-out of this project.
“The Green Army programme not only benefits the environment, but also provides participants with skills and experience they can use elsewhere the workforce,” Dr Hendy said.
“This Green Army team will work in partnership with the Bega Valley Council, Panboola, Atlas of Coastal Wilderness and other local community groups to rejuvenate the Pambula wetlands and protect local threatened species.”
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 Eden-Monaro, 14 Green Army projects have already been rolled-out – and 250 projects are completed or underway across New South Wales.
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.
“Peter Hendy 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.
To find out more about the Green Army visit: www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy