Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin.
Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer.
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Round 3 of the Green Army Now Open in Deakin

Community organisations, environment groups and local councils in Deakin are invited to nominate new Green Army projects to support practical environment and conservation activities in the region – with Round 3 of the programme now open for applications.

The Green Army gives Australians aged 17-24 years the opportunity for training and experience in environmental and conservation fields and to explore careers in conservation management while delivering real benefits to the Australian environment.

“The Green Army is a key Coalition election commitment and there are already three projects either under way, or set to start soon, in Deakin,” Mr Sukkar said.

“Successful round 2 projects will be announced shortly, and now we’re calling for round 3 projects.”

“These can include a vast range of activities on land and in our waterways, from restoring and protecting native habitat, weeding, revegetation and cleaning up waterways, creeks and rivers to fencing, gully remediation and preventing erosion.”

“Local communities in Deakin know what needs to be done to improve their local environment and I’m calling on them to nominate Green Army projects that support practical environment and conservation activities.”

Projects must run for 20-26 weeks and can take place across urban, regional and remote Australia on public land, Indigenous-held lands, or private land. Projects must benefit the environment or national or Indigenous heritage and offer participants valuable practical experience.

Participants will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills.

Green Army participants will also receive an allowance and be eligible to gain Certificate I or Certificate II qualifications in areas such as land management, park management, landscaping or horticulture or nationally endorsed skills set to support them in their future career prospects.

“I strongly urge local groups in Deakin to apply for projects that will benefit the local community and environment,” Mr Sukkar said.

Applications for projects under Round 3 of the programme close on 17 March 2015.

To be eligible for Round 3, projects sponsors must have at least one project ready to begin between 1 June 2015 and 30 June 2016.

Further information on the Green Army including project guidelines and the application form is available online at: www.environment.gov.au/green-army