YOUNG people in the South Coast and Illawarra will be among the first 17 to 24 year olds to join the Australian Government’s Green Army.
The Green Army project provides opportunities for young Australians to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields, with the aim of developing career paths in conservation management.
Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said participants would become part of the largest environmental movement in Australia’s history.
“The first round of Green Army projects are set to get underway in the coming weeks and I’m pleased to announce Killalea State Park, Bundanon, and the Central Shoalhaven will all be hosting some of the first Green Army projects in Australia,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“Gilmore is a region with very high average unemployment, especially among our young people, so the quick rollout of this program across our area is a true testament to how serious the Government takes our local unemployment situation.
“I’m a strong believer in equipping jobseekers and young people with practical skills that they can take straight into the workforce.
“Lack of skills is one of the largest barriers to full employment in our region, and that’s why I’m thankful for this quick rollout of the Green Army in our region – because it’s program that really does pass on practical skills to its participants.
The projects to be rolled out soon in the region include Community Asset Enhancement in Killalea State Park under supervision of Killalea Trust, Central Shoalhaven Environmental Restoration & Rehabilitation (in conjunction with SCC) and two separate environmental restoration and rehabilitation projects in Bundanon.
Participants will receive a Green Army allowance for the duration of their project and will also be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help them prepare for the workforce or improve their career opportunities.
The rollout of the Green Army in Gilmore was one of Mrs Sudmalis’ key election commitments, and a key component of the coalition’s environmental policy.
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.
For more information visit environment.gov.au/green-army