A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver a new Green Army project in Warrnambool.
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:
• Restore natural environmental areas in Warrnambool which have been impacted by threatening weeds including Spiny Rush;
• Improve habitat for local threatened species, including the Orange Bellied Parrot; and
• Rejuvenate local wetlands through removal of invasive species and replanting of native species.
“This project will help to ensure that Wannon’s local areas and environment are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Minister Tehan said.
“The Green Army team will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the project.”
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 Wannon, eight 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 project,” Minister Hunt said.
“Dan 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 this project 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