Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said young people involved in the Richmond River Riparian Restoration Project Green Army project have commenced on-ground works in Bungawalbin. “The Richmond River Riparian Restoration Project will benefit the Bungawalbin region through addressing threats to freshwater rivers and creeks on the floodplain and wetlands within the Richmond River catchment across five prioritised sites,” he said.
Participants will also be undertaking the following work as a part of the project:
- manual, biological and chemical weed control,
- strategic revegetation,
- stream bank rehabilitation,
- surveying and mapping.
“During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to our local environment through activities undertaken by the Green Army,” Mr Hogan said. “These participants will not only be generating real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they will be gaining valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce or further their training and improve their career opportunities.”
“The Bungawalbin project is one of 23 being undertaken across the Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley – one of the highest number in the country.”
The Green Army is a key Government commitment with more than $700 million budgeted over four years.
The Programme will encourage practical action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia, providing training to thousands of young Australians by 2018. This investment in the Green Army will bring the Government’s total investment in natural resource management to more than $2 billion over four years.
Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.