The creation of a Green Army to deliver environmental projects in Australian communities is now one step closer, with legislation passing the House of Representatives yesterday.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said this is an important milestone and follows the commitment of $525 million over four years in the Federal Budget.
“The Green Army will generate real benefits for the environment in Page and give our young people aged between 17 and 24, the opportunity to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation projects,” said Mr Hogan.
“The Green Army is a key coalition election commitment and will support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation projects across the electorate of Page.”
Two projects have already been approved in Page at Susan Island and Tabulam.
From July this year, 250 Green Army projects will be established, providing employment and training to around 2500 participants.
The Green Army will become Australia’s largest-ever team supporting environmental action across the country, building to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.
The Green Army will make a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places.
Participants will be eligible to receive an allowance and have the opportunity to gain Certificate I or Certificate II qualifications in areas such as land management, park management, landscaping or horticulture, Mr Hogan.
“Applications for additional first round projects are currently being assessed and I look forward to announcing these in the coming months,” he said.
Projects announced during the election campaign will be rolled out from July.
Further details are available here