Successful Green Army
20 July 2015
A local Green Army team has been busy planting native trees, rolling out fencing wire and controlling weeds as part of the Australian Government funded Green Army initiative on Lower Eyre Peninsula.
Hosted by City of Port Lincoln Council and Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, eight 17-24 year olds have delivered strong community and environmental outcomes for the region.
The major environmental project Green Army completed involved building a 2km kangaroo and rabbit proof fence to enclose 15 hectares (roughly an area equivalent to 12 cricket ovals) for the recovery of native habitat at Point Donington in Lincoln National Park.
President of the Friends of Southern Eyre Parks, Jim Egan worked with the Green Army and said he appreciates their dedication.
“It was great to have this team of enthusiastic and energetic young people for the hard yakka on the fence construction and weed clearing,” Mr Egan said.
“Their work has set this area of the Park up for natural regeneration and replanting, to restore it to something like its original condition.
“Also, I would like to thank the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board for funding the fencing materials and revegetation.”
Natural Resources Officer, Seb Drewer the works that supervisor, Mr Bizewski and his Green Army successfully completed add value to the EPNRM Board’s National Landcare Programme funded Ecosystems and Coastal Management project.
“They’ve been busy with beach access improvement, track rationalisation, and even shorebird monitoring in the Greenly to Convention Beach area,” Mr Drewer said.
“Apart from the big fencing project in Lincoln National Park they’ve also been involved in rabbit warren mapping, revegetation, track maintenance, marine debris surveys, seed collection and weed control over 20 locations on Lower Eyre Peninsula, including both Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks.”
Mr Drewer encourages young people aged 17-24 to take up the opportunity to work and learn with local NRM staff.
Gain hands-on practical environmental and heritage conservation experience by applying for the next Green Army. Recruitment due to begin August 2015.
Check the website for updates: www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ep/get-involved