22 December 2014

Green Army on the ground in Queenscliff

A Green Army team made up of young people has started work to improve the Queenscliff front beach.

“The project will benefit the Queenscliff foreshore and surrounding area through weed removal and revegetation at the front beach,” Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said.

“The delivery of this election commitment follows a strong community campaign for the improvement of the foreshore.  A community petition by local businessman Alistair Lang attracted some 700 signatures.”

“Alistair has been a wonderful advocate for cleaning up the Queenscliff front beach.  His campaign was a key driver in securing a Green Army project for Queenscliff.”

Participants will be undertaking the following work as a part of the project:

  • Constructing beach access points from Princess Park through the dunes to Queenscliff front beach,
  • Vegetation management within the remnant Coastal Moonah Woodland sites at the “Narrows” in Queenscliff and
  • Foreshore works within the Borough to ensure the sustainability of urban habitation adjoining the environment.

“During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to our local environment through activities undertaken by the Green Army,” Ms Henderson said.

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

The Green Army is a key Government commitment with $525 million budgeted over four years and encourages practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia

The government has also announced Green Army projects for Lorne, Colac, Apollo Bay and a number of National Trust sites including Winchelsea’s Barwon Park.

Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.environment.gov.au/green-army.

22 December 2014