Green Army deployed on Kingston’s parks and foreshore
12 October 2016
Young people are gaining valuable hands-on experience to help them kick-start a career in conservation management thanks to a partnership between Kingston Council and the Australian Government’s Green Army program.
The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action program that supports local environment and conservation projects across Australia.
It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local environment. Working with Manpower and Landcare Australia, this six-month on-the-ground environmental project is giving up to nine young people hands-on experience across a range of Kingston’s parks and foreshore areas.
Kingston City Assets and Environment General Manager Daniel Freer said Council was pleased to be involved with the project and help train young people.
“Our parks team plays an important role keeping Kingston’s reserves, open spaces and foreshore areas in top condition to be enjoyed by the community,” Mr Freer said.
“The Green Army trainees have learnt a broad range of skills including weed removal and prevention, seed propagation, erosion management and creating habitat links.”
Green Army Team Supervisor Michael Waanders said the projects were a fantastic opportunity for young people looking to kick-start their career in conservation management.
“The Green Army projects generate real benefits to the local environment while providing young people with valuable paid industry experience.”
Kingston Council will host a further six-month Green Army project in 2017. Recruitment will take place in November with young people interested in a career in conservation management encouraged to apply online via manpower.com.au