$40,000 in Green Army projects for Fairfax

The central Sunshine Coast will benefit from several environmental initiatives announced in round three of the Abbott Government’s Green Army program, Nambour-based Senator James McGrath said.

The various Green Army projects, worth around $40,833 total, are set to roll out over the next year.

“These projects all help improve the overall environment on the Sunshine Coast, but in particular will focus on the needs in the Electorate of Fairfax, and I’m pleased to be able to announce the funding for the projects,” Senator McGrath said.

The Green Army projects to begin soon in Fairfax include:

  • Dunal restoration from Coolum to Alexandra Headland - $8955.00
  • Minimising leaching and suspended sediment on Maroochy River wetlands - $8659.00
  • National Park restoration (three projects) - $14,400 total
  • Lowland rainforest restoration on Maroochy River - $8819.00 (completed)

Senator McGrath encouraged young people to consider joining the Green Army.

“Young people in Fairfax who are interested in being a part of one of the Australian Government's major environmental initiatives and in helping our community deliver important local conservation outcomes now have the opportunity to join the Green Army,” Senator McGrath said.

 “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 Australian environment.

“Soon our local communities will see Green Army teams deployed to projects in their area for up to six months at a time.”

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

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

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