Protecting our national and world heritage icons and key threatened species is the major focus of hundreds of new Green Army projects to be rolled out across Australia in coming months, including projects in and around Condobolin and Coonabarabran.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is a major supporter of the Green Army programme and is very pleased that the project numbers are continuing to grow.
“Across the country there are 397 new Green Army projects under Round Four of the programme,” Mr Coulton said.
“This brings the total number of approved Green Army projects to 1,145 since the programme began in 2014.”
The Green Army programme not only benefits the environment, but also provides participants with skills and experience they can use elsewhere the workforce.
“Over the coming months, communities in and around Condobolin and Coonabarabran will see Green Army Participants hard at work in their local areas, lending a helping hand to our environment and learning new skills that will equip them for future employment,” Mr Coulton said.
“I look forward to meeting the next round of Green Army participants as these new projects are rolled out across the country.”
Projects approved under Round Four of the Green Army Programme in Condobolin and Coonabarabran include:
- Condobolin projects involving lake, woodland and cultural heritage restoration in the Mid-Lachlan Valley; and
- Coonabarabran projects to protect threatened species through restoration of the Warrumbungle National Park.
Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP explained that Round Four of the Green Army also has a focus on threatened species recovery.
“Overall, 311 of the new projects will support threatened species recovery, including 119 projects that will address priority threatened species under the Threatened Species Strategy,” Minister Hunt said.
“Participants will carry out recovery actions for priority threatened birds and mammals or take action to reduce the impact of feral cats.”
A full list of approved Round Four projects is available at www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy