New Green Army Projects in Albany and Mount Barker
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 the coming months, including projects in the Albany and Mount Barker areas.
Mr Wilson welcomed the announcement of several projects approved under Round Four of the Green Army Programme in O’Connor including:
· Two Aboriginal Green Army Projects to protect threatened and migratory birds as well as iconic marsupial and plant species along the South Coast Region.
· A project to protect biodiversity through trail maintenance and weed control in the Stirling Range and Porongurup National Park. Keeping human traffic to the paths will help control the spread of not only weeds but also the deadly fungus that causes Dieback.
· A Project to control two highly invasive weeds affecting the Albany area.
o Acacia longifolia which is affecting around 3000ha and can spread by 15% per annum untreated.
o Senecio glastifolius which is threatening coastal reserves and West Cape Howe and Torndirrup National Parks
Mr Wilson said the Green Army is first and foremost an environmental programme that aims to support practical environment and heritage conservation projects.
“However it not only benefits the environment, but also provides participants with skills and experience they can use elsewhere in the workforce,” he said.
“Many of the new projects will undertake important revegetation, seed propagation, fencing, weeding, site monitoring and heritage conservation work throughout O’Connor.
"Over the coming months, our community will see Green Army participants hard at work in the area, lending a helping hand to our environment.
“I have had a fair bit to do with the Green Army projects locally and look forward to meeting the next round of Green Army participants.
“I have witnessed first-hand the great work being done by Green Skills and South Coast Natural Resource Management (SCNRM) and am pleased to see they have been granted these Green Army projects.
“It is important that we do our very best to preserve the great natural places of O’Connor and protect iconic species like Gilbert’s Potoroo, the Noisy Scrub Bird, the Mallee Fowl and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.”
Environment Minister Greg Hunt said 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.
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