The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

Calling for Green Army community projects

Media release
9 April 2014

The Australian Government is calling for applications from Project Sponsors to submit a proposal under round one of the Green Army Programme.

"The Government is looking for projects that will make a real difference to the environment and local communities," Minister Hunt said.

"Green Army projects will restore and protect native habitat, weed invasive species, plant vegetation, clean up creeks and rivers, prevent erosion and conserve our cultural heritage places."

Minister Hunt launched the call for applications this morning on the banks of the Yarra River, joined by Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O'Dwyer MP.

"The Green Army will improve the Yarra River by planting native vegetation along the riverbank and cleaning up garbage, complementing the work being undertaken by the Stonnington Council and Yarra Riverkeeper Association," Ms O'Dwyer said.

Project guidelines for new projects under the Green Army Programme are now available for organisations to begin planning new projects.

"Councils, landcare and conservation groups are encouraged to act as Project Sponsors and submit new proposals that will improve and conserve the environment in their local communities," Minister Hunt said.

"The Green Army is a key election commitment for the Government. It will be Australia's largest-ever team supporting environmental action across the country, building to 15,000 young Australians by 2018."

"The Green Army will provide opportunities for young people across Australia to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the environment locally."

"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."

Under the Green Army Programme, participants will be paid an allowance and undertake accredited training.

Applications for projects under round one of the Programme are now open and will close on 9 May 2014. To be eligible for the first round of the Programme, projects must be ready to commence between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.

Project guidelines and a sample application form to help groups plan their project ideas is available at: www.environment.gov.au/green-army

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