Green Army on the ground in Pearce

Young people involved in the Avon Habitat Improvement Project were congratulated by Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, when he visited the Green Army team just outside of Toodyay.

Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management to form a Green Army to protect and enhance the significant ecological and cultural values of the Avon River.

“The project has far reaching benefits throughout the entire Avon Region,” Mr Porter said.

“Weed infestations will be destroyed to prevent further degradation of the ecosystem; infill planting will revegetate and stabilise degraded areas and improve connectivity; debris will be removed from the river channel, banks and islands to improve water quality and habitat values; sites of Indigenous cultural significance will be recognised and respected; and maintenance of walk tracks will encourage people to learn about and appreciate the environment and ways in which we can help to protect it.

“During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to our local environment through activities undertaken by the Coalition’s Green Army.

“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 training and improve their career opportunities.”

Green Army participant Amberlee Fish said she was glad she joined up to the local project.

“It’s good to be out in the environment and it’s a good group of people to work with, we’ve all bonded and it’s kind of fun,” she said.

“It’s a good feeling getting money, and it’s a lot more than the dole, so it feels good at the end of the fortnight.”

The Green Army is a key Government commitment with $525 million budgeted over four years.

The Programme will encourage practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 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.