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Local youth continue to get opportunities to improve job skills and environment

Local youth are continuing to get opportunities to gain valuable job skills while improving the environment with a new Green Army project approved for Frankston and two underway in Mount Eliza and across the Mornington Peninsula.

The Frankston project, announced under Round 3 of the Federally funded program today, brings the total number approved in Dunkley to five over the past year.

It will aim to improve the condition and protection of native vegetation in reserves across Frankston including Seaford Foreshore, Kananook Creek, Sweetwater Creek, Seaford Wetlands and Baxter Park.

As part of the project, 10 young people aged between17-24 will join Frankston City Council and local community groups to undertake a range of tasks including weed removal, fuel reduction, revegetation, fencing and habitat protection.

Aside from the obvious important environmental outcomes, participants will gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields.

This experience will be attractive to prospective employers, enabling participants to explore associated careers.

The Green Army is one of a number of ways the Abbott Government is improving job prospects for our youth.

Local youth are currently gaining these opportunities as members of the Green Army for the Mount Eliza Coastal Walk and Indigenous Vegetation project and the Mornington Peninsula Heritage Garden, Building, Native Vegetation and Conservation project.

Under the Mount Eliza project, the efforts of local friends groups are being supported in protecting the Mount Eliza foreshore, as well as making improvements to other local foreshores. Works involve weed control, re-vegetation and minor path maintenance and construction, heritage restoration, fauna habitat works and monitoring.

Heritage garden, building and native vegetation conservation is also underway at flagship Mornington Peninsula heritage properties.

I am looking forward to visiting these teams on the ground in coming weeks to thank them for their contribution to our local environment and chat to them about their experience and how it is helping them with their future career plans.

Young people interested in joining the Green Army for the Frankston project can apply through Manpower: www.manpower.com.au More information on the Green Army program is available at www.environment.gov.au/green-army

Note: For details on Bruce’s upcoming visits to Green Army projects contact Kristie Lavery.