Gidgegannup Bushland and Natural Bushland Green Army Project
Posted on Friday, 2 July 2010
Reserves in Bullsbrook and the Swan Valley will become home to one of the first Green Army projects to be supported in Australia under the Coalition’s Green Army Plan.
Federal Shadow Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, and Federal Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, said that if a Coalition Government were elected, the Gidgegannup Bushland and Natural Bushland project would be one of the first to benefit from funding under the Green Army Plan.
Mr Hunt said the Green Army would provide teams of 10 young Australians who will work on local community-based environmental projects for six month periods as part of a new Coalition program.
The Gidgegannup Bushland and Natural Bushland project would see environmental restoration work undertaken at a range of sites including Roxburghe Bushland, Wandoo Heights, Burley Park, Bells Rapids and FR Berry Reserve.
“This is a really positive program that will deliver significant training and practical experience in the vital area of environmental management,” Mr Hunt said.
“The Gidgegannup Bushland and Natural Bushland project will provide enormous environmental benefits as well as vocational training for our emerging workforce.”
Trainees with the project will:
• Learn environmentally-sensitive bushland practices
• Gain valuable experience in conservation and land management.
• Gain transferable skills and develop and maintain a positive “work ethic”
Mrs Moylan said: “Tackling environmental issues is a whole of community responsibility, and to be able to do so while providing youth with valuable employment experience is an excellent result for the whole Pearce community.”
“The Coalition’s Green Army will help our community gain the combined benefits of training, experience and environmental gain. Environmental workers would help the youth of Pearce overcome employment barriers and deliver a positive contribution to the community.
“I am delighted that we have secured one of the first Green Army projects for Pearce. This is about jobs and training for 10 young people. It is also about creating an environmental benefit that everyone can enjoy.”
Mr Hunt said the Green Army plan had first been unveiled by Liberal Leader Tony Abbott earlier this year. Under a Coalition Government, the scheme would start in July 2011. Teams of 10 young workers will be deployed on specific projects for six month periods.