Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin.
Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer.
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Green Army makes a difference in Eastfield Reserve

Michael Sukkar, Federal Member for Deakin, today recognised the achievements of seven Green Army participants at the completion of their six month rehabilitation and re-vegetation project at Eastfield Reserve, Croydon.

At today’s graduation ceremony Michael said, “Eastfield Reserve has seen significant benefits from this project through tree planting, weed removal, landscaping, repairing and renewing park furniture, constructing paths and erecting signs and fencing.” “During the past six months, Green Army participants have made a significant contribution and through their dedication and teamwork, we can see firsthand the results of their activities,” Michael said.

“These participants have not only generated real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they have gained valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce, pursue further training or improve their career opportunities.”

Michael said, “It is encouraging to see young people so enthusiastic about preserving and protecting our local nature reserves, parks, wetlands, animal habitats, and eco-systems. The Green Army’s work allows all of us to enjoy these green spaces.”

The Eastfield Reserve project in Croydon is one of three Green Army project sites in the Deakin electorate. Other sites include Blackburn Lake Sanctuary and Heatherdale Creek.

The Green Army is a key Government commitment with more than $700 million budgeted over four years.

The Programme encourages practical, hands on action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia, providing training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.

The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17 to 24 years to gain skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the environment.

Young people interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed service providers for each state and territory. Contact details for service providers are available from www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army/service-providers

Further information on the Green Army is available at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.