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Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is calling for more local people to join the Green Army to work on local projects that will make a real difference to our environment.

 

Applications for projects under Round four of the Green Army programme are now open.

 

Mr Wilson said we want local people to join the Green Army to work on local projects in our community, and we want local groups to come forward with ideas for projects.

 

“Community organisations, Landcare groups, natural resource management organisations, environment groups, Indigenous organisations, local councils and others can now nominate for a new Green Army project that has a clear focus on conservation of the environment or National or World Heritage places,” Mr Wilson said.

 

“For young Australians aged between 17 and 24, joining the Green Army means you’ll receive valuable practical experience and training while undertaking work that will improve the environment in our local community.

 

Round four of the Green Army will consist of two streams.

 

Stream one will focus on heritage projects that promote, protect and conserve Australia’s National and World Heritage which are listed for their natural, historic or Indigenous values.

 

Stream two will focus on projects that directly support the protection and recovery of threatened species, particularly actions for improving habitat.

 

“Right across Australia, the Green Army is making a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places,” Mr Wilson said.

 

The Green Army is a major Government commitment with more than $700 million budgeted over four years. This investment in the Green Army brings the Government’s total investment in natural resource management to more than $2 billion over four years.

 

Applications for projects under Round Four of the programme are now open and will close at 2pm AEST (Canberra time) on Wednesday, 16 September 2015.

 

For more information about Round four including eligibility criteria, project guidelines and the application form visit www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.