Port Macquarie Green Army Team graduates
Nine young locals involved in the Port Macquarie Green Army team are seeing the results of their hard work come to fruition after completing their on-ground project.
Port Macquarie has seen significant benefits from the Restoring a healthy Kooloonbung Creek project.
“During the past six months, Green Army participants have made a significant contribution and through their dedication and teamwork, we can see firsthand the tangible results of their activities,” Dr Gillespie said.
“These participants have not only generated real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they have gained valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce, pursue further training or improve their career opportunities.”
The project involved bush regeneration throughout Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park which runs through the centre of Port Macquarie. The Green Army Team’s activities included removing problem weed species and planting native groundcovers, shrubs and trees along the creek system to improve vegetation, habitat, soil and water quality. It also included litter removal and track maintenance.
As the Green Army grows, so too, do the opportunities for young people around Australia to get involved.
“I encourage all those interested in helping their environment and gaining new skills and training to seek out Green Army opportunities in Hastings,” Dr Gillespie said.
Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.environment.gov.au/green-army
The Green Army is a key Government commitment with $525 million budgeted over four years.
The Programme encourages practical, hands on action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.
The Port Macquarie Green Army project was sponsored by the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek with project provider Campbell Page Ltd in collaboration with Skillset Ltd helping to deliver the local environment and training project.