As one team of young people finishes, three more Green Army teams take up the challenge and continue with a range of activities to remove weeds, collect seeds, and propagate native plant species in Killalea State Park on the south coast of NSW near Shellharbour.
The Green Army teams, led by Campbell Page in partnership with Killalea State Park, are working in Killalea State Park Nursery, Minnamurra Spit, Killalea Lagoon and surrounding sites.
The team that has just finished their 26 week project built and fenced a walking track from the park entrance to the kiosk, installed fencing along the access road to Farm Beach carpark and also built a staircase at Farm Beach. Four team members have applied to continue on with the new Green Army teams.
The new teams will be removing woody weeds, Asparagus Fern and African Olive and will focus on bush regeneration and propagating the area with native and endangered plant species.
“We are delighted to be part of this great initiative which gives young people an opportunity to get hands-on, practical skills and experience while working on a really worthwhile project”, said Mr Dale Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Page Australia.
“These projects give young people new skills in environmental and conservation fields which stand them in good stead to move onto further training or employment,” he said.
The projects also have significant environmental benefits for the Killalea State Park.
“There are three endangered ecological communities these (new) teams will help restore and this will conserve many important native plant and animal species” said Amelia Westhoff, Natural Resource Manager and spokesperson for Killalea State Park.
The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an Australian Government initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment.
Campbell Page is one of five service providers delivering the Green Army programme for the Australian Government. Together with our partners Skillset and TAFE Western we will be running projects across New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.