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Green Army graduates with flying colours

ONE of Australia’s first Green Army teams has graduated in Mildura – and the local region is much better off, thanks to their hard work.

Green Army graduates with flying colours

Graduates of the Green Army in Mildura.

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action program that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

“This local Green Army team was one of the first to get to work under the Federal Government’s Green Army Programme – they’ve worked hard and completed a range of tough jobs to a very high standard,” Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said.

“From Yelta to Hattah Lakes, they’ve done everything from weed and rubbish removal to revegetation.”

The Green Army programme is voluntary and available to 17-24 year old individuals. It aims to provide young Australians with opportunities to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in the delivery of conservation projects.

“This local team shows what a great difference the Green Army programme can make in our region – not only has this team improved the safety of beautiful river front areas, the participants have gained practical experience that will help set them up for the workforce,” Mr Broad said.

The local Green Army team started work in September 2014 and, under the management of Conservation Volunteers Australia, completed a range of activities complementing the Mallee Catchment Management Authority’s work along the riverfront.

“During this time they have undertaken more than 600 hectares of pest plant removal and a host of other activities essential to improving our local environment,” Mallee CMA Chair Sharyon Peart said.

“The Green Army has increased the Mallee CMA’s capacity to deliver important on-ground works that directly benefit the local community, by providing a workforce that can effectively and efficiently complete resource-intensive projects.”

Ms Peart congratulated the Green Army participants and noted the strong leadership and direction provided by the Green Army Team Leader, Nicole Wishart, during the program.

“This Green Army has been a great success for our region and we thank all of the participants for their hard work,” she said.

The Mallee CMA has submitted another application for a Green Army project under Round Three of the Green Army programme, with an announcement expected in coming weeks.

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