Federal Member For Banks
Shadow Minister for Communications

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER VISITS GREEN ARMY TEAM IN PADSTOW/PEAKHURST

Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP, welcomed Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP to Padstow/Peakhurst to visit the Green Army team working at Salt Pan Creek.

“It was good to have the Environment Minister at Salt Pan Creek today to meet with the young Green Army members”, Mr Coleman said.

“I recently conducted a community survey that illustrated the concern of the community regarding Salt Pan Creek. I am particularly pleased that this project has gone ahead”.

“In its first year, the Green Army programme has been a big success with more than 330 projects rolled out across Australia,” David said.

The Green Army is a 6-month programme for 17-24 year olds to train and work in the environment.

“This programme gives young people the opportunity to gain practical environmental training and get paid for their work”.

“The project at Salt Pan Creek has started to achieve some good results. The team have already collected more than 20 large bags of rubbish”, Mr Coleman said.

“The project aims to protect and enhance the ecosystem of the Creek and conserve and reintroduce threatened species”.

The Green Army will become Australia’s largest-ever team supporting environmental action across the country, building up to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.