A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver three new Green Army projects towards protecting threatened species in Darwin, Kakadu National Park and surrounding areas.
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 projects will:
• Regenerate native vegetation and help to protect threatened species found near Darwin Harbour, as well as in Kakadu National Park and the Territory Wildlife Park;
• Improve habitat and conduct surveys for threatened species including the Partridge Pigeon, Northern Quoll and Black Footed Tree Rat; and
• Improve the condition, extent and connectivity of ecological communities through removal of invasive species and planting of native species.
“These projects will help to ensure that the Territory’s local areas and environment are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Ms Griggs said.
“The Green Army team will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the projects,” Ms MacFarlane said.
These three projects are in addition to the two previously announced for Alice Springs and Katherine.
In the Northern Territory, ten Green Army projects have already been completed or are currently underway.
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.
“Natasha is a great local member for Solomon, and Tina is a fantastic local candidate. They both recognise the environmental benefits that the Green Army will deliver and should be congratulated for advocating so strongly for the Territory.”
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.
Funding for these projects has been provided for from within existing budget resources.
To find out more about the Green Army visit: www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy