This Australian Government programme provided opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generated environmental benefits. Green Army teams of 10 (up to nine participants and one team supervisor) worked on projects lasting 20-26 weeks to help communities deliver local conservation outcomes. Projects were guided by local community needs and contributed to Australia’s national and international environmental priorities and obligations.
Highlights from the programme:
- Enhancing habitat for woodland bird species across the Mountain to Marine Biolink (2016-17 Green Army project)
Working with Local Councils in the Hobart, Glenorchy, Kingborough, Clarence and Sorell areas, this Green Army project worked with landholders adjoining significant reserves in the greater Hobart region. It addressed issues such as weed invasion and native vegetation enhancement and increased biodiversity linkages for a range of woodland birds and other local fauna. The team worked for 20 weeks from November 2016.
Conservation Volunteers Australia coordinated and trained the Green Army participants in the field. NRM South Regional Landcare Facilitator- Agriculture (Holly Hansen) coordinated this project
- NRM South- Landcare Tasmania partnership Green Army teams (2015-16)
NRM South and Landcare Tasmania joined forces to successfully recruit three (consecutive) Green Army teams coordinated by Conservation Volunteers Australia, to work on projects from May 2015-September 2016.
The project has supported 27 Green Army participants with a diversity of skills, networks and work experience across a diversity of sites across southern Tasmania. The participants worked with 26 community groups on 74 project sites, 14 organisations (Council, PWS etc) on 19 project sites and worked with 19 landholders on their properties. They also worked with the NRM South NRM Facilitator Network
The teams conducted 10 monitoring/surveying events in EPBC species and fauna recovery projects, propagated 1710 plants, conducted weed treatment across 25 ha, installed 400 metres of fencing and revegetated 1.7 ha with over 3000 plants and supported pest control activities. The teams conducted these within rural areas, coastal zones, in urban parks and reserves and in high biodiversity zones such as Bruny Island, Pitt Water Orielton Ramsar site and Saltmarsh areas.
The success of the Green Army partnership project has been a result of great leadership by CVA and good coordination of teams through NRM South and Landcare to provide a broad range of support to Community Group projects, landholder initiatives and public land managers. The teams have gained
valuable NRM and on the job experience, and have received positive feedback from those they worked with and supported.
A highlight of the team was to support Team Swift Parrot to build 300 nest boxes, and support the installation of these at a reserve in Buckland, following illegal wood collection in this significant breeding sight for these birds.
The collaborative approach also allowed Green Army participants to work in a diversity of locations, activities and experiences, and allowed them to work with NRM professionals, volunteers and landholders and gain on-the-job experience in natural resource management initiatives and approaches across the region.
NRM South Facilitators Holly Hansen and Ruth Osborne coordinated the teams across the regions.
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