The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Parliament gives Green Army the green light
15 May 2014
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The creation of a Green Army to deliver environmental projects in Australian communities is now one step closer, with legislation passing the House of Representatives today.
This important milestone follows the commitment of $525 million over 4 years in the Federal Budget.
The Green Army will generate real benefits for the Australian environment and give young Australian aged 17-24 the opportunity to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation projects.
The Green Army is a key Coalition election commitment and will support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation projects across urban, regional and remote Australia.
From July this year, 250 Green Army projects will be established, providing employment and training to around 2,500 participants.
The Green Army will become Australia's largest-ever team supporting environmental action across the country, building to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.
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 eligible to receive an allowance and have the opportunity to gain Certificate I or Certificate II qualifications in areas such as land management, park management, landscaping or horticulture.
Projects announced during the election campaign will be rolled out from July.
Applications for additional first round projects are currently being assessed and I look forward to announcing these in the coming months.
The passing of this legislation today is great news for communities across Australia that will benefit from the rollout of very worthwhile environmental projects.Further details are available online at www.environment.gov.au/green-army