Sunday, 21 July 2013

Media Release - Coalition Green Army Pledge to Mt Evelyn - 19 July 2013

TONY SMITH MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CASEY & GREG HUNT MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE

MEDIA STATEMENT

COALITION GREEN ARMY PLEDGE TO MT EVELYN

Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP and Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Greg Hunt MP are pleased to announce that Mt Evelyn will be one of the first sites to benefit under the Coalition’s Green Army. If elected, a Coalition Government will undertake restoration work on the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk as part of its commitment to build a 15,000 strong Green Army nationwide.

Beginning in July 2014, the Green Army will initially deploy 250 teams to locations throughout Australia, ramping up to 1,500 projects nation-wide by 2018-19. If the Coalition wins the election, the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk will be one of those first 250 Green Army projects.

The Aqueduct is both a historical and environmental asset for Mt Evelyn and the wider Yarra Valley. The Friends of the Aqueduct group has worked extremely hard to preserve and enhance many aspects of the walking trail.

If elected, a Coalition Government will deploy a Green Army field team to the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct to work with and for the community to achieve significant further improvements. This project will help conserve the existing biodiversity asset and ecosystem processes that allow efficient filtration of storm water and carbon capture. The team will also conduct pathway repairs along the Aqueduct route. The refurbished walking track will further enhance the attractiveness of the Aqueduct as a tourist destination, generating real economic value for the Mt Evelyn area.

The Green Army team will be composed of one supervisor and nine young trainees between the ages of 17 and 24 who will be paid a training wage for the duration of the project. Each week the team will spend four days in the field while undergoing training on the fifth day. The Green Army is a great opportunity for school leavers or gap year students to earn income while qualifying for an environmental certificate if they desire.

After consultation with the Yarra Ranges Council, this location was selected as an optimal Green Army site for the Federal Electorate of Casey.

“I have been working with local communities to identify the best projects that will improve our local environment”, said Mr Smith. “I see the Aqueduct as a key local priority and I’ve been fighting to secure funding for this Green Army project.

“This is exactly what the Green Army will be all about. Practical work to improve the local environment and help local communities. This project will also provide a terrific opportunity for young people in Mt Evelyn to be part of the first intake of the Green Army”, said Mr Smith.

“The Coalition’s policy to build a 15,000 strong Green Army is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Media Contact Tony Smith

Ted Lapkin

Mobile – 0411 22 1392

Media Contact Greg Hunt

Jared Newton

Mobile – 0401 165 493

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