Legislation to establish the Green Army has been introduced into Parliament.
The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, said in the first year, the Green Army would be rolled out with 250 projects and about 2,500 people undertaking on-the-ground environmental activities.
It will grow to become Australia's largest-ever environmental workforce with 15,000 participants by 2018.
Already 150 projects had been committed and these would be delivered in the initial rollout, the Minister said.
He said it was an opportunity for young Australians aged 17-24 to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and to explore careers in conservation management.
Participation will be open to school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers.
Participants will receive a Green Army allowance and will also have the opportunity to undertake training.
Team Supervisors will be paid a wage consistent with the Gardening and Landscaping Services Award.
The Commonwealth will soon be seeking tenders for Service Providers, who will engage the Green Army teams, manage projects and report on progress.
Local councils, community groups and natural resources management organisations will be able to submit Green Army project proposals for consideration. Applications will open shortly.
Green Army projects will include activities such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers, and restoring cultural heritage areas.
Projects may be carried out across urban, regional and remote Australia on public land, Indigenous-held lands, or private land where there is a clear community and environmental and heritage benefit.
Further details on the Green Army go to this PS News link.
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