A Corangamite Green Army team is working to protect and improve the environment along the coast from Lorne to Anglesea.
This team is a great example of local young people working with their community to achieve practical environmental outcomes for their local area.
Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, said there are six Green Army projects approved under the first three rounds of the programme in Corangamite offering opportunities to many of the young people in the region.
“I am delighted that of the 700 projects announced, more than 400 have already rolled out across Australia.”
Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said that the team are working with local community conservation organisations and school groups to enhance the ecological and social values of five sites along the Great Ocean Road.
“Project activities include weed control, revegetation, fencing, track maintenance, installing interpretive signage and removing litter to reduce threats to ecological values and enhance habitat connectivity and resilience,” said Ms Henderson.
“The work this team is undertaking will provide real results not only for the environment but for the young people I had the opportunity to meet today.”
The Green Army Programme provides opportunities for 17 to 24 year olds to train and work in the environment for up to six months.
Green Army projects include restoring native vegetation, heritage restoration, protecting animal habitats and regenerating wetlands in urban, rural and remote areas.
For further information on the Green Army Programme visit www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy.