A re-elected Liberal Government has committed to delivering six new Green Army projects on top of the Round 5 applications currently under consideration.
Federal Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson, said the six new projects will include three to help the bushfire affected Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the Central Highlands and West Coast, including rehabilitation activities, rebuilding habitat to aid local threatened species recovery and regenerating impacted ecosystems which will help
“These projects will help our unique environmental areas to recovering from the devastating fires earlier this year, and will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the projects,” Mr Hutchinson said.
“There will also be a project on the East Coast covering Swansea, St Helens and Bicheno areas, which will survey bird nesting activity, remove invasive weeds and marine debris and design education materials for beach users.”
“The skills developed in species identification, GPS use and other environmental work will be useful for the participants in future employment.
“A project based in the south of the State will build virtual devil fences, survey devil populations, improve key habitat areas, build enclosures for injured and threatened species and design education material for drivers.”
“Another team will work in the Dorset, Tamar and Midlands area, continuing the work of previous teams, looking after revegetation work and continuing weed removal and habitat improvement.”
“I enjoy visiting the teams and finding out what the participants have enjoyed most. More teams are needed to continue the work done already and to provide more opportunities – often the participants have told their friends and they may also want to continue working with the program, or find employment in the sector,” Mr Hutchinson said.
“Eric has been a strong advocate for the Green Army program that provides young Tasmanians with skills and training whilst also improving environmental and historical values across Tasmania,” Minister Hunt said.
“Eric has been delivering for Lyons and is a great representative for Tasmania.”
Additionally Mr Hutchinson announced $98,650 for Landcare programs that will run across Lyons.
“We have invested $1 billion over four years in the National Landcare Programme to support Landcare in Australia, sharing knowledge and skills across the sector to boost farm productivity while protecting our natural resources,” Mr Hutchinson said.
“These three projects, two in the south and one in the north will work with farmers to see positive outcomes for both their business and environmental outcomes on their property.”
The Turnbull Liberal Team is committed to Australia’s vibrant, innovative and competitive agriculture sector, and has an economic plan to create jobs and growth in the industry.