The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

Government delivers on commitment to establish Green Army

Media release
19 June 2014

The Coalition Government has delivered on its key election commitment to create a Green Army with legislation being passed in the Senate today with bipartisan support.

Thousands of young Australians will now have the opportunity to be a part of one of the Government's major environmental initiatives and help communities deliver important local conservation outcomes.

Participants will receive a Green Army allowance and will have the opportunity to undertake formal training while receiving hands-on experience.

The first round of Green Army projects will soon roll out across the country with 250 projects and 2,500 young people beginning on-the-ground environmental activities.

Participation will be open to a diverse range of young people, including school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers.

Local councils, community groups and natural resource management organisations will work with Service Providers to implement projects.

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.

With $525 million committed over four years, the programme will encourage practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia and provide employment and training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.

This investment in the Green Army will bring the Government's total investment in natural resource management to more than $2 billion over four years from 2014/15.

Project proposals are now being considered and Service Providers will soon be engaged to recruit participants for Green Army teams.

Further details on the Green Army are available online at:
www.environment.gov.au/topics/cleaner-environment/clean-land/green-army

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