Young people involved in the Sunset Strip Green Army team are seeing the results of their hard work after completing their on-ground project.
The Lake Menindee Natural Resource Partnership has seen significant benefits from this project through increasing the area that is protected by rabbit proof fencing and now complete ground works enable a reconnect to the wider area, including Aboriginal Protected Site and Kinchega National Park and a native vegetation corridor enables movement and habitat for threatened species and migratory birds.
“During the past months, Green Army participants have made a significant contribution in the local area and through their dedication and teamwork, we can see firsthand the tangible results of their activities,” Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley said.
“These volunteers have not only generated real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they have gained valuable practical training and experience, preparing them for the workforce, further training or with their career opportunities,” said Ms Ley.
Sunset Strip Progress Association Inc was the lead partner on the ground with the seven volunteers undertaking support work with its partners NSW Water, Tandou Pty Ltd and Local Land Services also contributing equipment and materials to the program.
Keith Harris from Sunset Strip Progress Association said that a lot was accomplished during the project, with rabbit proof fencing and an eight-foot chain mesh fence around the tip area to contain blown plastic bags and rubbish to that area.
“A rabbit proof fence was also built around the new plant nursery, and Bruce Porter instructed participants about seed collection and the art of potting and plant identification,” said Mr Harris.
The Green Army Programme encourages practical, hands on action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia and is providing training to thousands of young Australians.
Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy
“I encourage all those interested in helping their environment and gaining new skills and training to seek out Green Army opportunities in their region,” Ms Ley said.