FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the Green Army is looking for enthusiastic 17 to 24 year olds in the New England Electorate to join what will become the largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country.
“The first round of Green Army projects is underway and young people who want to gain valuable skills, training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields are encouraged to register their interest” Mr Joyce said.
“Conservation Volunteers Australia [a Green Army Service Provider] is calling for young people to apply to be part of the project that will revegetate the Inverell Waste Management centre.”
He said the project will involve a Green Army team propagating and planting White Box seedlings around the Inverell Waste Management Facility. Participants will propagate tree seedlings and undertake accredited training at the BEST Tree Tenders Nursery Facility. Participants will also learn horticulture techniques, plant and equipment operation, employability skills and develop environmental and species awareness.
“Green Army participants will be able to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills,” Mr Joyce said.
Participants will receive a Green Army allowance for the duration of their project. Participants will also be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or a nationally endorsed skills set to help them prepare for the workforce or improve their career opportunities.
Participation is open to a diverse range of young people, including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. Participants must be aged between 17 and 24 years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
The Green Army is a key Coalition election commitment and, with $525 million budgeted over four years, the Green Army is one of the Government's major environmental initiatives and will encourage practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.
Young Australians interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed Service Providers for each state and territory. Contact details for Service Providers are available from www.environment.gov.au/green-army