COMMUNITY groups are being encouraged to join the federal government’s Green Army program.
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The program is a key plank in the government’s Cleaner Environment Plan and will encourage hands-on, practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

“The coalition government delivered another key election commitment with legislation introduced to parliament to establish the Green Army and I want to make sure we submit as many projects as possible to improve our local community,” Federal MP for Pearce Christian Porter said

“It’s an opportunity for young people aged 17-24 to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while at the same time improve the environment in our local community.

“The Green Army will make a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places.

“Participants will be paid an allowance and gain valuable skills in conservation management, teamwork and discipline in waking up each morning and committing to work,” he said.

The government will shortly be undertaking a tender process for service providers, who will engage the Green Army teams and manage activities.

Projects may be carried out across urban, regional and remote Australia on public land, indigenous-held lands, or private land where there is a clear community and environmental and heritage benefit.

“I will work with the community to put as many projects forward as possible,” Mr Porter said.

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