Green Army Graduation

 

On Thursday 18 March 2016 the Green Army team graduated from their 6 month program.

 

Tamworth has benefitted from the hard work of these local young people over the last six months. The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years who need experience that will lead to employment. The outdoors and environment focus is what sets the programme apart. The Green Army team, led by Stewart Smith and Graeme (pictured NOT wearing high-vis gear!) from SkillSet, commenced the second round of the 18 month project back in September 2015.

 

This is a very significant project for the area as the majority of sacred sites in the region are inaccessible to the public and are threatened by invasive species. With the support of Tamworth Regional Council, Tamworth Marsupial Park, Friends of the Botanical Gardens and North West Local Land Services, the young people have commenced work to increase the accessibility and sustainability of this significant Aboriginal site. Participants have worked hard in the heat over the six months, doing weed control, develop walking trails and propagating bush foods to support the development of an experiential learning environment for the local community.

 

Pictured at top from left - Graeme, Libby from Joblink Plus, Kaine, Heather, Jacinta, Mitchell and Stewart.