Manning Green Army assembled and ready for duty
Young people involved in the Manning Valley Green Army have commenced on-ground works in Cattai Wetlands undertaking a major environmental restoration and weed control programme which will significantly improve one of the region’s most important natural attractions.
Green Army Team Leader Jen Lewis and her team of nine local participants from Wingham, Cundletown, Old Bar, Taree and Coopernook have just completed their pre-training activities and will begin work this week on the local environmental project.
“The project involves undertaking follow-up weed control across all vegetated areas of the site using manual removal or applying herbicides using a number of techniques such as cut and paint and spraying,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The major weeds to be controlled include Morning Glory, Blackberry, Lantana, Madeira Vine, Moth Vine, Groundsel Bush and Camphor Laurel. Other activities to be undertaken include the maintenance of assisted revegetation areas.
“These actions will help to support the natural regeneration of the site by reducing weed competition, enhance threatened species habitat and endangered ecological communities including coastal wetlands, and strengthen the resilience of the site to function as major wildlife corridor.”
The Local project is being sponsored by Greater Taree City Council and run by the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
“During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to our local environment through activities undertaken by the Green Army,” Dr Gillespie said.
“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.”
The Green Army is a key Coalition 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 Coalition 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.