THE Australian Government’s major new environmental programme – the Green Army – is getting underway around Australia and Federal MP Warren Entsch is urging any interested Leichhardt locals to attend a community information session.
The Green Army supports practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation projects across urban, regional and remote Australia. It provides young Australians aged 17-24 with the tools they need to help them enter the workforce, improve their career opportunities or further their education and training, while participating in projects that generate real and lasting benefits for the environment.
“Green Army projects may involve restoring and protecting native habitat, weeding, revegetation, cleaning up waterways, creeks and rivers, fencing, gully remediation, preventing erosion, protecting and conserving heritage places and values, or monitoring and surveying on Indigenous and non-Indigenous lands,” said Mr Entsch.
“I’d certainly encourage community organisations, environment groups, local councils and young Australians to go along and see how they can become involved.”
Participants in Green Army projects will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills.
They also receive an allowance and are eligible to gain Certificate I or Certificate II qualifications in areas such as land management, park management, landscaping or horticulture or nationally endorsed skills set to support them in their future career prospects.
“Whether you’re a potential project sponsor or interested in joining the Green Army as a participant, the community information sessions are a great way for those interested in the Green Army Programme to learn more about it,” Mr Entsch ended.
The information session is being held in Cairns on Tuesday 17th February between 9-11am, at the Mercure Cairns Harbourside (209-217 The Esplanade).
Please register your attendance by sending an RSVP to: GreenArmy@environment.gov.au by Friday 6th February 2015.
For more information on the Green Army, visit http://www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army