Local communities, the environment and young Australians in the Cardwell and Mission Beach regions will all benefit from approvals to Round Two Green Army projects.
Northern Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement of local projects - the Murray River Girramay Country Waterway restoration, repairs to the Cassowary habitat foreshore links at Mission Beach, and habitat restoration on Girringun Country - that have received combined materials approvals of $84,950.00.
“This is great news for the local community, and as patron of the C4 Cassowary Conservation Covenant project at Mission beach, I am particularly delighted that additional efforts will be put towards the habitat corridor for this important species,” said Senator Macdonald.
“Young people will be receiving vocational skills training in areas such as conservation management that will assist them in finding employment, important habitats are being protected, and local communities are being enhanced.
“This is just another example of the Abbott government fulfilling its commitment to regional communities in Queensland,” he said.
Green Army projects involve activities such as restoring and protecting native habitat, weeding, revegetation, cleaning up waterways, creeks and rivers, fencing, gully remediation, preventing erosion, protecting and conserving national heritage places and values, or monitoring and surveying on Indigenous and non-Indigenous lands.
“Applications are open for Round 3 of the program until March 17th 2015 and all community organisations, environment groups and local councils are encouraged to apply, ‘said the Senator.
To be eligible for Round 3 of the Programme, projects sponsors must have at least one project ready to begin between 1 June 2015 and 30 June 2016. Project guidelines, the application form and further information about the Programme is available at:www.environment.gov.au/green-army
“I urge community organisations, environment groups, local councils and young Australians aged 17 to 24 to get involved in the Green Army.