Green Army call to action
24 February 2017
Local young people with an interest in the environment, working outdoors and team building are encouraged to apply for the third and final round of Green Army, Clare Valley - Habitat restoration for threatened species in the Mid North of South Australia.
The round commences on 6 March 2017 and will work across several sites in the Clare Valley and surrounding areas including wineries in Penwortham, Watervale, Mintaro and Stanley Flat, as well as agricultural land at Yacka and Blyth.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Community Ranger Denni Russell encouraged young people aged between 17 and 24 to apply.
“Since 2016, the Clare Valley Green Army teams have achieved impressive environmental outcomes for the Region while at the same time gained hands-on skills and accredited training in natural resource management that will support them in the future” Ms Russell said.
“The focus for Round Three will be the planting of 25,000 native trees and shrubs across the Wakefield and Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council areas to restore woodland buffers and linkages for threatened species.”
On 25 January 2017, nine Green Army participants from Round Two graduated from the program and were presented with their certificates by Northern and Yorke NRM Board Presiding Member Eric Sommerville at the new Clare Natural Resources Centre.
Green Army Team Leader Tom Fahey from Conservation Volunteers Australia said the Green Army provided an excellent opportunity for local young people to gain work experience.
"The Green Army programme with Conservation Volunteers Australia provides an opportunity for participants to gain practical skills in conservation whilst also undertaking relevant training, and working with prominent members of the industry and community," he said.
The Green Army works with a 20 Million Trees Program which is funded by the Australian Government through the Northern and Yorke Natural Resource Management Board and is supported by project partners including Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greening Australia, Blyth Community Nursery, Upper Wakefield Landcare Group and private landholders.
Applications for Round Three are open now and anyone interested in joining the Green Army can contact Tom Fahey from Conservation Volunteers Australia on 0407 704 227 or visit http://conservationvolunteers.com.au/green-army/south-australia for more information.