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Deakin Seeking Green Army Projects
A Green Army of 15,000 young Australians will take on environmental projects to clean up our community under the Coalition’s Environment Plan.
Candidate for Deakin, Michael Sukkar, together with the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, today called on the Deakin community to propose environmental projects for the Green Army.
Mr Sukkar said the Coalition had a strong track record of delivering on-the-ground environmental projects.
“We are tackling environmental issues head on with a 15,000 strong Green Army which will enable teams to operate in nearly every community across the country,” he said.
Participants will receive a training wage and supervision. The Green Army will be comprised of teams of up to 10 people including a co-ordinator to tackle local environmental projects.
“We are asking the community to submit ideas for worthwhile projects. It may be cleaning up a local creek, restoring a bushwalking path, or establishing a boardwalk for example,” Mr Sukkar said. Each project may take up to 25 weeks to complete.
“We are keen for local environment groups or councils to be involved. They may work together with the Green Army to get the job done or they may act as co-ordinators for projects which they see as a priority for our area.”
The Green Army will be a key part of the Coalition Government’s environment policy if elected.
“Areas such as the Mullum Mullum Creek, the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Simpson Park or Somers Trail could be possible options for a Green Army scheme,” Mr Sukkar said.
“Importantly, we want the community to come up with the projects to ensure they are locally driven and are the right priorities for Deakin.”
“The Green Army is part of the Coalition’s environment policy to protect and enhance Australia’s environment for future generations through direct action and engagement with our community.”