Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter is calling for community group recruits into the Coalition Government’s Green Army program.
“This week the Coalition Government delivered another key election commitment with legislation introduced to Parliament to establish the Green Army and I want to make sure we submit as many projects as possible to improve our local community,” Mr Porter said.
The Green Army Program is a key plank in the Government’s Cleaner Environment Plan and will encourage hands-on, practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.
“It’s an opportunity for young people aged 17-24 to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while at the same time improve the environment in our local community” Mr Porter said.
“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 paid an allowance and gain valuable skills in conservation management, teamwork and discipline in waking up each morning and committing to work.”
The Australian Government will shortly be undertaking a tender process for Service Providers, who will engage the Green Army teams and manage activities. Projects may be carried out across urban, regional and remote Australia on public land, Indigenous-held lands, or private land where there is a clear community and environmental and heritage benefit.
“I will work with the community to put as many projects forward as possible so I encourage interested groups to contact my office and submit ideas,” Mr Porter said.
The Green Army will become Australia’s largest-ever environmental workforce, building to 15,000 participants by 2018, capable of delivering 1,500 on-ground environmental projects.