More than 350 new Green Army projects are set to roll out in every state and territory across the country as part of Round 2 of the programme announced today.
The first round of the Green Army is successfully underway and we will now see another
3000 young people aged 17-24 years old engaged in environment and conservation projects across the country.
These projects provide meaningful training and skills to the young people involved. It is a fantastic experience for those undertaking projects and I look forward to seeing the teams’ results.
The Green Army has been an incredible success story for both the environment and those involved. All participants have received training and many already have jobs lined up for when their project finishes.
I’ve visited Green Army teams across the country and everyone I’ve met has been enthusiastic and passionate about the work they’re doing. The projects are all practical, varied and interesting.
The Round 2 projects announced today include a range of activities such as Indigenous heritage survey work, improving habitat for local native species, restoring riparian river areas, rehabilitating beach dunes, reducing the impact of feral cats on penguin colonies, controlling yellow crazy ants to protect World Heritage areas, creating biodiversity corridors to honour Australian diggers, and improving the water quality that flows into the Great Barrier Reef.
I’d strongly encourage young Australians with an interest in practical environmental projects to apply to join the Green Army.
Combined with those announced in round one, 548 Green Army projects have now been announced across Australia.
A full list of approved round two projects is available at: www.environment.gov.au/green-army.
Applications are now also now open for Round 3 Green Army projects and community groups across the country are encouraged to apply.
We’re calling for community-led Green Army projects that support practical environment and conservation activities across Australia.
Applications for projects under Round 3 of the Programme are now open and will close on
17 March 2015.