The Government is putting out the call for the first round of recruits to join the Green Army.
The Green Army is looking for enthusiastic 17-24 year olds in the Page Electorate to join what will become the largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country.
“The first round of Green Army projects are set to get underway in the coming weeks and young people who want to gain valuable skills, training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields are encouraged to register their interest” Kevin Hogan, Member for Page said.
“Appointed Service Providers are now promoting opportunities for young Australians who want to help our community deliver important local conservation outcomes.”
Green Army projects to be rolled out soon in Page start with:
- Koala Habitat Restoration in Lismore LGA – Stage 1 The Green Army will work cooperatively with Lismore City Council, Landcare Groups, Friends of the Koala and the community to restore koala habitat on public and private land in Lismore Local Government Area. Participants will control weeds, which block access to food trees and limit koala movement across the landscape. Participants will gain skills in plant propagation and plant trees to connect and extend koala habitat. Participants will provide practical support at community Landcare events, which raise awareness about threats to koalas such as habitat loss, dogs, cars and disease.
“Green Army participants will be able to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills,” Mr Hogan said.
“Participants will receive a Green Army allowance for the duration of their project. Participants will also be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help them prepare for the workforce or improve their career opportunities.”
Participation is open to a diverse range of young people, including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. Participants must be aged between 17 and 24 years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
The Green Army was a key Coalition election commitment, and with $525 million budgeted over four years, the Green Army is one of the Government’s major environmental initiatives and will encourage practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.
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/green-army