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Green Army gearing up for action in Dunkley

Local Federal Member for Dunkley today announced young people aged between 17 and 24 in Dunkley will be among the first to join the Australian Government’s Green Army and become part of the largest environmental movement in Australia’s history.

Mr Billson said the first round of Green Army projects will get underway in the coming weeks.

“I’m pleased to announce Dunkley will be one of the first to host a Green Army project team, with four dedicated ‘Green Army’ teams to be developed to help nurture our local environment,” Mr Billson said.

“The Green Army will help to clean up Kananook Creek around Seaford and Frankston, support conservation work at Seaford Wetlands and weed and fuel reduction in bushland reserves in Frankston, Langwarrin and Mt Eliza.

“They will undertake activities on five linear creek line reserves through Mount Eliza to reduce woody and ground flora weeds, protect key trees from excessive possum browsing, increase seed bank diversity and quantity, propagate and plant seedlings, develop interpretive trails and reduce fire risk.”

Green Army projects to be rolled out soon in Dunkley include:

•Mt Eliza coastal walk and indigenous vegetation project

•Mt Eliza Linear reserve and access & fuel management project

•Langwarrin township, Boggy Creek and Reserve rejuvenation project

•Kananook Creek clean-up project
Dunkley Green Army projects still being worked on before being rolled out include:

•Frankston City Bushland weed and fire management project

•Seaford-Edithvale wetlands support project

“The Kananook Creek Clean Up Project will involve weed treatment and public access management to improve the ecological and condition of Kananook Creek Reserve as a key link between the foreshore and Seaford wetlands,” Mr Billson said.

“The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Australian environment.

“Participants will receive a Green Army allowance for the duration of their project. Participants will also be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help them prepare for the workforce or improve their career opportunities.”

The Green Army was a key Coalition election commitment, and with $525 million budgeted over four years, the Green Army is one of the Government’s major environmental initiatives and 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.

Young Australians interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed Service Providers for each state and territory. Contact details for Service Providers are available from www.environment.gov.au/green-army