The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action program that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an Australian Government initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment.
Since August 2014 it has supported a range of organisations by connecting them with young people wanting to gain practical skills and training while working on local environment projects.
As part of SWCC’s support for this Program, we applied successfully for three Green Army Teams to undertake work in the South West NRM Region.
SWCC has partnered the teams up with a range of local NRM organisations who need an ‘extra pair of hands’ in implementing their environmental management projects.
As of June 2016, the Green Army Projects are still in the planning phase with Service Provider Manpower, with ‘boots on ground’ scheduled for 11 July.
This Green Army project will benefit 11 local partner organisations involved in environmental management, namely;
- City of Busselton
- Shire of Augusta Margaret River
- Dunsborough Coast and Landcare
- Geographe Community Landcare Nursery
- Busselton Men’s Shed
- Blackwood Basin Group
- Roelands Village
- Greenbushes Eco Discovery Park
- Bridgetown-Greenbushes Community Landcare
- Blackwood Biosecurity Group
- Leschenault Community Nursery
- Department of Parks and Wildlife
A detailed work plan has been developed for each of the teams, in collaboration between SWCC, Manpower and the partner organisations.
The first two Green Army project teams to roll out will be based out of Busselton and Bunbury and will run for 6 months. Each team is made up of up to 9 participants and a supervisor. The third team is scheduled to commence in January 2017.
We hope this will facilitate a ‘win-win’ situation, providing training and mentoring with experienced practitioners for the participants, while the partner groups will benefit from an enthusiastic workforce.
The Green Army participants will gain great skills and experience in a range of areas such as plant propagation, flora surveys, land rehabilitation and Phytophthora Dieback treatment measures.
Greenbushes Eco Discovery Park