Thursday, March 12 2015
Four new Green Army projects are set to be rolled out across the Gold Coast.
The projects will see important Gold Coast ecosystems restored and protected by the Green Army.
“I’m pleased my electorate of Moncrieff will be hosting two Green Army projects while my neighbouring electorates of McPherson and Fadden will each have one,” said local MP Steven Ciobo.
The new Green Army projects include:
– Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, protect and restore wetlands
– Gold Coast regional Botanic Garden, wetland restoration project
– Coombabah Conservation Area, habitat protection and restoration
– Green Heart Reserve – Boobegan Park, habitat protection and restoration
The four projects are part of round two of this important environmental programme. The Gold Coast received three projects in round one.
Mr Ciobo said the Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians, aged 17-24, to gain training and experience in environmental and conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Gold Coast environment.
“Young people interested in joining the Green Army will now have the opportunity to be a part of one of these projects and help our community deliver important local conservation outcomes,” he said.
“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.”
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.
Mr Ciobo said applications are now open for Round Three of the Green Army.
“I encourage community organisations and environment groups to come forward with new projects,” he said.
Mr Ciobo said Green Army project activities could involve restoring and protecting native habitat, weeding, revegetation, cleaning up waterways, creeks and rivers, fencing, gully remediation, preventing erosion, protecting and conserving heritage places and values, or monitoring and surveying on Indigenous and non Indigenous lands.
“We welcome applications for projects that will support practical environment and conservation activities in our region,” he said.
Applications for Round 3 Green Army projects are open until 17 March 2015.
Further information, project guidelines, the application form and further information on the Programme is available at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.
Young Australians interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed Service Providers for each state and territory. Contact details for Service Providers are available from www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army/service-providers.