A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver a new Green Army project to help the recovery of the Swan and Canning Rivers.
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:
• Perform environmental restoration work on the Swan and Canning Rivers to continue reducing the overall extent and intensity of hydrocotyle
• Improve local riverbanks and protect local threatened species habitats including Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo and other local and migratory animals (such as the Fairy Tern and the Chuditch)
• Restore natural habitat areas through the removal of environmental weeds and invasive species and replacing with native species
“This project will help to ensure that our local rivers and environment are improved and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Mr Irons 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 Swan, six Green Army projects have already been rolled-out – and sixty-six projects are completed or underway across Western Australia.
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 project,” Minister Hunt said.
“Steve Irons is a great local member who recognises the environmental benefits that the Green Army will deliver. He should be congratulated for advocating so strongly for the Swan and Canning Rivers.”
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