A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver two new Green Army projects for Wakehurst Parkway and the Northern Beaches.
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 Wakehurst Parkway project will:
• Rejuvenate local areas along Wakehurst Parkway, including at Oxford Falls and Narrabeen Lakes;
• Protect habitat areas for threatened and vulnerable wildlife and flora;
• Remove invasive species including Privet, Elephants Ears and Morning Glory, and replacing with native species.
The Northern Beaches project will:
• Improve local environmental areas within the riparian corridor of Manly Lagoon, Freshwater Beach, Curl Curl, and Dee Why;
• Rehabilitate important wildlife refuges, coastal dunes and lagoon landscapes; and
• Improve water quality and restore habitat areas through weed removal, bush regeneration and planting.
“These projects will help to ensure that our local areas and environment are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Mr Abbott said.
“The Green Army team will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the projects.”
“As well as providing local environment benefits, Green Army team members will receive valuable conservation training and experience,” Mr Falinski said.
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.
Ten Green Army projects have already been rolled out in Mackellar, and two Green Army projects have been rolled-out in Warringah. 245 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.
“Tony was instrumental in the formation and design of the Green Army Programme, so it’s great to see that his vision will continue to deliver for the people of Warringah, just as it does in Green Army projects across Australia,” Minister Hunt said
“Jason is a great local candidate who has also fought hard for these projects, because he knows that the Green Army will make a difference to his local community.”
“We will work with local government, local residents and community groups in the design of the projects.”
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