David Coleman, Federal Member for Banks, is calling for applications from local organisations to submit a proposal under round one of the Green Army Programme.
“We are looking for projects that will make a real difference to the environment,” Mr Coleman said.
“Green Army projects will restore and protect native habitat, weed invasive species, plant vegetation, clean up creeks and rivers, prevent erosion and conserve our places of cultural heritage importance”.
Mr Coleman has already announced two local Green Army projects.
“Our community is already going to benefit from the programme with projects at Lime Kiln Bay in Oatley and Georges River National Park in Padstow,” Mr Coleman said.
“I am now looking forward to working with local organisations on other projects through through this application process”.
Mr Coleman also said that the programme will bring great opportunities for local young people.
“The Green Army will provide opportunities for local young people to gain training and experience in the environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the environment locally”.
Under the Green Army programme, participants will be paid an allowance and undertake accredited training.
Applications for projects under round one of the programme are now open and will close on 9 May 2014. Project guidelines and further information can be found at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.