10 May 2016

Coalition to deliver new Green Army projects for Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Queenscliff Front Beach

A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver two new Green Army projects – one in Point Lonsdale and one in Queenscliff.

The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience which will assist them in the future to find jobs, while generating real benefits for the local environment.

The Point Lonsdale project will:

  • Rejuvenate the Swan Bay Ramsar area, remove invasive species and rehabilitate coastal wetlands
  • Help protect threatened species habitat including the Hooded Plover and Orange Bellied Parrot
  • Improve heritage values and support environmental restoration of the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve

The Queenscliff Front Beach foreshore project will:

  • Rejuvenate the Swan Bay Ramsar area, remove invasive species and rehabilitate coastal wetlands
  • Protect threatened species habitat including the Hooded Plover and Orange Bellied Parrot
  • Restore the Queenscliff foreshore area through removal of environmental weeds and invasive species, and replacing with native species

Both project locations have coastal frontage to the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.

“These projects will help to ensure local wetlands and coastal areas are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Ms Henderson said.

“Green Army teams will work in partnership with the Borough of Queenscliffe to deliver the projects.”

The Green Army has been a huge success with 1145 projects announced nationally and more than 700 projects already rolled out in urban, rural and remote areas.

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local communities to undertake environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia while offering participants valuable skills and practical experience.

“We will work with the Borough of Queenscliffe, local residents and community groups in the design of the project,” Minister Hunt said.

“Sarah Henderson is a fantastic local member and has fought hard for these projects. She should be congratulated for her work in the local area.”

The Green Army programme not only benefits the environment, but also provides participants with skills and experience which will support them in finding jobs or further education.

To find out more about the Green Army visit: www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy

10 May 2016