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Green Army takes on Far South Coast

The Bega Valley based Green Army has been providing significant practical assistance to a range of local environmental and community projects across the region over the past six months.

The Green Army is funded through the Australian Government’s Green Army programme and hosted by Conservation Volunteers Australia and Palerang Council.

The crew has been working with a number of partners including South East Local Land Services, Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) and community groups to tackle some problem sites by helping them to clean them up and plant native trees and shrubs to improve the environment and habitat for wildlife.

South East Local Land Services project officer Shannon Brennan said the crew of eight young people were managed by experienced crew leader, Gunther Meessmann.

“The team has been working on a range of on-ground environmental activities including weed control, revegetation, walking track maintenance and minor construction works with a focus on managing threats to endangered ecological communities,” Ms Brennan said.

“Their efforts have greatly assisted projects such as the Bega River Reserve, Bemboka Travelling Stock Reserve and Common, Narira Creek at Cobargo, Springvale Landcare sites at Buckajo, public reserves at Merimbula and Tathra, and the Bundian Way at Eden.

“Outcomes achieved under the Green Army programme have combined well with current Local Land Services, BVSC and community projects that are underway within the region.

“Green Army team members gain valuable skills and experience and often succeed in finding employment in the natural resource management sector.”

The current crew will continue until the end of April when another crew is due to commence.  The new crew will continue to provide a complementary service to environmental and community projects in the area.

Media contact:  Shannon Brennan (02) 6491 7823