201510.08

Green Army restore part of region’s national story

Friday 9 October 2015: 

Five outstanding young people have completed a six-month native vegetation conservation project at Mulberry Hill historical house and estate.

The National Trust property in Langwarrin South has been transformed from a ‘festival of agapanthus’ to a more fitting tribute as a flagship heritage property and home to a significant part of our national story.

The Green Army team also focussed on heritage garden, building and native vegetation conservation at Endeavour Fern Gully, and supported 40th birthday events for Peter Weir’s release of the film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.

The film was a heralded cinematic depiction of the award winning book authored by Mulberry Hill former co-owner Lady Joan Lindsay. Lady Lindsay handwrote the book sitting on the floor of her preserved study before kneeling to type the manuscript on equipment still in place at Mulberry Hill.

Lady Joan’s artist husband Sir Daryl Lindsay’s study is still as it was left and sets a very high benchmark for a modern day ‘man cave’.

The Lindsay’s network of friends including artist legends, cultural icons, political leaders and captains of industry is reflected in the décor, artefacts and impressive guests list at the Langwarrin South property.

The passing of the Lindsay’s saw the property vest in the National Trust which has managed and progressively restored it with modest resources and dedicated staff and volunteers.

The Green Army team, skilled, supported and supervised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, collaborated with the National Trust, on-site staff and volunteers over the last six months to greatly accelerate conservation and restoration works at the property.

The Green Army is a $700 million Australian Coalition Government initiative that has already supported over 400 projects since its launch, including seven local projects.

The program provides supervision, funding and participant allowances, tools and clothing for a  six month placement for 17-24 year olds to train, gain workplace skills and undertake environmental conservation projects restoring native vegetation, heritage restoration, protecting flora and fauna habitat and regenerating wetlands in urban, rural and remote areas.

The Mulberry Hill Green Army participants have demonstrated great capacity, team work, application and workplace know-how that is clearly attractive to employers with earlier projects resulting in permanent employment for many participants.

Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy

People can take part in a tour of the remarkable Mulberry Hill historical house and estate, 385 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South each Sunday and support the work of the National Trust via www.nationaltrust.org.au/vic/mulberry-hill