A re-elected Turnbull Government will deliver a $1.2 million investment towards greening Melbourne’s north and north-east, including on-ground action with six new Green Army projects.
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.
Six new Green Army teams, valued at approximately $200,000 each, will work to improve the extent, condition and connectivity of vegetation across the electorates of Jagajaga, Batman and Scullin.
Two new projects in Jagajaga will:
• Perform environmental restoration works along the Yarra River Corridor, including at Banyule Flats and Diamond Creek;
• Improve the resilience of local habitat areas, conduct wildlife surveys and improve public access; and
• Improve water quality through removal of invasive species and replanting of native species.
A further four new Green Army projects in the electorates of Batman and Scullin will be designed in conjunction with local community groups, local council and local residents.
“As a passionate member of the Warringal Conservation Society, I’m proud that these projects will help to ensure that our local environment is enhanced, the Yarra River’s water quality is improved, and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Mr Mulholland said.
“The Green Army teams will work in partnership with local community groups across the north and north-east of Melbourne to deliver the projects,” Mr Souris said.
“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,” Ms Stockman said.
Across Victoria, 114 Green Army projects have already been completed or are currently underway.
“We will work with local government, local residents and community groups in the design of the projects,” Minister Hunt said.
“David is a great local candidate who recognises the environmental benefits that the Green Army will deliver. He should be congratulated for advocating so strongly for Jagajaga.”
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