Over the last three years the Landcare Association of SA has successfully hosted several Green Army Teams to support the work of landcare groups. The most recent Team has just completed a six-month work program in collaboration with The Gums Landcare Group, the Campbelltown Landcare Group and the Campbelltown City Council.
Kaurna Elder Ivan Copley JP OAM, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Vincent Tarzia MP, Member for Hartley, Gerry Butler, Chair, Landcare Association of SA and local landcarer group members celebrated the completion of the project at a Graduation ceremony for the Team members on Thursday 14 December at The Gums Reserve, Tranmere
Gerry Butler said that it was terrific to see that five of the nine Team members involved in the project have already gained employment. “Seeing young people involved in the Green Army project move into employment is a fantastic outcome.”
“On top of that the Team, working under the direction of Team Supervisor Philip Bagnato, successfully completed the Wadmore Park/Pulyonna Wirra, The Gums and Third Creek Project generating real benefits for the local environment”.
Through the project the Team:
• Improved local parks including upgrading tracks, reserves and waterways such as Wadmore Park/Pulyonna Wirra, The Gums and Third Creek;
• Performed environmental surveys in The Gums and other priority local parks to better understand local biodiversity; and,
• Rejuvenated local bushland through removal of invasive species to improve water quality in local creeks that flow into the River Torrens
The project was undertaken with Service Providers Manpower Group/Landcare Australia Limited. The Green Army is an Australian Government Program for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment. The program provides training and experience, which will assist them in the future to find jobs.