Gympie youth get the call-up to help the local environment
A NEW Green Army project in Gympie is seeking enthusiastic 17-24 year olds to join what is fast becoming the largest ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said on Thursday.
"Green Army projects are underway around the country and young people who want to gain valuable skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields are encouraged to register their interest", Mr Truss said.
"There already have been a number of successful projects around Wide Bay and I am pleased that another will soon be launched in Gympie. Service Providers are now recruiting young people for the Gympie project who want to gain skills while helping our community deliver important local conservation outcomes."
The new Gympie Green Army project will reduce the sediment load and debris into the Great Sandy Strait through riparian rehabilitation, debris clean up and re-vegetation of the embankments of Deep Creek, a tributary of the Mary River. Work will take place on both sides of Deep Creek along a 1.6km section, just prior to where it joins the Mary River at Gympie.
"Green Army participants undertake accredited training and receive a Green Army allowance for the duration of their project. Participants work towards Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help them prepare for the workforce and improve their career opportunities", Mr Truss said.
Participation is open to Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers aged between 17 and 24 years.
The Green Army is a key Coalition election commitment, and with more than $700 million committed over four years. It is one of the Government's major environmental initiatives and encourages practical action to support local conservation projects across Australia, providing training to thousands of young Australians by 2018-2019.
Anyone 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