Young Australians from the Brisbane City region are starting to see the results of their hard work as part of the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme.
The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Federal Member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro, praised the work of the young locals when they met with two Green Army teams working to restore the Kedron and Ithaca Creeks today.
“The two Green Army teams are working hard on revegetation and increasing the resilience of the waterways,” Minister Hunt said.
“The teams are restoring the health of the creeks through the revegetation of native species and the removal of weeds. These activities are helping to improve the local waterways and minimise the impact of flooding on the local environment.
“At the same time they are gaining valuable training and experience that will help them in their future careers.”
Ms Gambaro said the projects were not only enhancing the local environment but creating a future for young people in the region, providing them with training and skills.
“It’s fantastic to see the hard work of these young locals and the significant contribution they are making to the Brisbane City region,” Ms Gambaro said.
“The Green Army is about local people and local projects. It is a key Government commitment with more than $700 million budgeted over four years.”
Green Army projects run for six months and provide an opportunity for 17-24 year olds to train and work in the environment.
The Green Army encourages practical action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia. It provides an exciting opportunity for thousands of young Australians to work on local environment projects, while gaining practical skills and training.
Applications for projects under Round 4 of the Green Army programme are now closed and are expected to be announced later this year. Further details of the programme are available at the Green Army website www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy