Green Army gearing up for action

6/8/2014

Young people in Leonora will be among the first 17 to 24 year olds to join the Australian Government’s Green Army and become part of the largest environmental movement in Australia’s history.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the first Green Army projects are set to get underway in the coming weeks.

“Leonora will be one of the first to host a Green Army project team as the Walkatjurra Rangers undertake two projects; the Mt Leonora Aboriginal Heritage Site Management Plan and Indigenous knowledge project,” he said.

The first project involves the Walkatjurra Rangers implementing the Mt Leonora Aboriginal Heritage Site Management plan which was developed in conjunction with traditional owners, the Shire of Leonora, the Department of Indigenous Affairs and local mining companies.

The Indigenous knowledge project involves Walkatjurra Rangers working with identified elders and custodians to record and share Indigenous traditional knowledge through Walkatjurra Bush camps.

“The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Australian environment,” Mr Wilson said.

The Green Army is one of the Government's major environmental initiatives and will encourage practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.

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.

Young Australians interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed Service Providers for each state and territory. Contact details for Service Providers are available from www.environment.gov.au/green-army

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