Caring for the Environment

GREEN ARMY TO SEND REINFORCEMENTS TO EAST GIPPSLAND COASTLINE

May 6, 2015

Pristine areas of the Far East Gippsland coastline will be protected from impacts of Sea Spurge under a new Green Army project funded by the Australian Government.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the coastal dune enhancement and protection project would start in the coming weeks and he encouraged eligible young people to sign up to join the Green Army.

Participation is open to a diverse range of young people, including indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. Participants must be aged between 17 and 24 years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

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LANDCARE GRANTS START TO FLOW ACROSS GIPPSLAND

May 4, 2015

The Australian Government is strengthening its commitment to protect Gippsland’s natural environment with the announcement of $324,000 in funding for on-ground activities in the region under the National Landcare Programme.

The funding will go towards protecting the region’s Red Gum grassy plains woodlands, restoring native vegetation in the Bunurong ecosystem, as well as supporting a range of other important, locally-based environment and sustainable agriculture projects.

“Local Landcare Networks and other community-based groups will facilitate delivery of $324,000 of National Landcare Programme funding to help restore local ecosystems and help protect West Gippsland’s native plants and animals from the ongoing threat of invasive species,” Minister Hunt said.

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GREEN ARMY ROUND TWO OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Gippsland.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Australian Government was providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region.

“The Green Army gives our local Landcare and conservation groups a real boost by offering extra muscle to finish meaningful environmental projects, while also giving young people access to skills-based training,” Mr Chester said.

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