New Green Army Projects in Esperance Region
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 Esperance region.
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 improve the habitat of migratory shorebirds as well as our iconic local birds and marsupials living along the eastern part of the South Coast Region. Mr Wilson said the Green Army is first and foremost an environmental programme aiming 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.
"Over the coming months, our community will see Green Army Participants hard at work in our local area, lending a helping hand to our environment.
“I have had a fair bit to do with the Green Army and look forward to meeting the next round of Green Army participants.
“I have witnessed first -hand the great work being done by South Coast Natural Resource Management (SCNRM) and I congratulate them on being awarded these Green Army Projects.
“It is important we do our very best to preserve the great natural places of O’Connor and protect the future of iconic species like the Western Ground Parrot, Mallee Fowl, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and the Black Flanked Rock Wallaby, as well as our visiting shorebirds.”
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.