02 April 2015

Green Army making progress in Queenscliff

Queenscliff’s Green Army team is making some significant progress in improving the town’s foreshore.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, visited Queenscliff this week to meet with the Green Army team and to inspect the works with Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Helene Cameron.

“It is great to see the steps which the Green Army team has taken, removing weeds and vegetation on Queenscliff front beach as part of this key election commitment,” Ms Henderson said.

“We are seeing works which will deliver some real and lasting benefits to both the natural environment and the community,” she said.

“The Borough will now progress its plans to beautify the foreshore. Its draft budget proposes a boardwalk and viewing platform which will enhance all ability access to the beach for locals and visitors alike”

“The Green Army team has removed some 40 tonnes of vegetation which had made the front beach so inaccessible, opening up magnificent views of Port Philip Bay.”

“Importantly, the program is giving young people hands on experience, skills and training to boost their employment prospects.”

Other works being undertaken by the Queenscliff Green Army team include:

• 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.

The Queenscliff Green Army’s graduation is expected to be held later this month.

The Green Army program was a key Coalition election commitment, with $525 million budgeted over four years. The average cost of each Green Army project across Australia is $192,000.

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.

3 April 2015