Green Army natural fit for area

Parliamentary Secretary to the Environment Minister Bob Baldwin visited the local volunteers at Trigg Bushland Reserve, along with Stirling MHR Michael Keenan and Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano.

The Green Army projects were approved for the City of Stirling earlier this year, improving the habitat for the native quenda and species of cockatoo.

Cr Italiano said he was pleased to see environmental work within the City of Stirling.

�The City is very happy to be involved in this Federal Government project, which will provide 10 young workers to be involved in various conservation works at bushland and coastal sites across the City,� he said.

�Works will include the planting of 31,590 plants, debris removal, erosion management, fauna surveys, pest surveys, protection fencing and weed control.�

Local volunteers will also work with Coastcare groups along the State�s coastline on a variety of conservation measures.

Mr Baldwin said he was pleased to see young locals helping to improve the natural habitat of the State�s native wildlife.

�These young men and women will not only be generating real environment and conservation benefits for this community, but they will be gaining valuable training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce or further training and improve their career opportunities,� he said.

�During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to this region through activities undertaken by the Green Army.�

Labor Senator Joe Bullock said although he was pleased to see environmental work undertaken by the Green Army, he was disappointed it came at the expense of Landcare.

�Australia�s Landcare program has established an impressive long-term record in mobilising and motivating volunteers to work in the interest of the environment across the nation,� he said.