Thursday, 23 April 2015

Green Army on the ground in Mt Evelyn

Young people involved in the Quinn Reserve & Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Protection Program Green Army project have commenced on-ground works.

"This project will benefit Mount Evelyn and surrounding regions through protecting the natural and cultural heritage values of Quinn Reserve and the Aqueduct Trail," Tony Smith said.

Participants will undertake activities on community reserve assets managed for ecological, cultural and passive recreational activities in Mt Evelyn.

“During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to our local environment through activities undertaken by the Green Army,” Mr Smith said.

“These participants will not only be generating real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they will be gaining valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce or further their training and improve their career opportunities.”

The Green Army is a key Government commitment with $525 million budgeted over four years.

The Programme will encourage practical action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia, providing 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.

Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.

Media contact: Emma Sun, 0422 348 823

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