Thursday, 23 April 2015

Media release - Green Army makes a difference in Casey - 24 April 2015

Green Army makes a difference in Casey

Young people involved in the Yarra Valley Green Army team are seeing the results of their hard work come to fruition after completing their on-ground project.

"The wider Healesville area has seen significant benefits from this project through weed control, landscaping, planting, fencing, wildlife monitoring, vegetation surveying and waterway monitoring." “During the past six months, Green Army participants have made a significant contribution and through their dedication and teamwork, we can see firsthand the tangible results of their activities,” Tony Smith said.

“These participants have not only generated real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they have gained valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce, pursue further training or improve their career opportunities.” As the Green Army grows, so too, do the opportunities for young people around Australia to get involved.

“I encourage all those interested in helping their environment and gaining new skills and training to seek out Green Army opportunities in their region,” Mr Smith said.

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

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

The Programme encourages practical, hands on action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018. Further information on the Green Army is available at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.

Media contact: Andrew Hallam, 0404 043 764

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