Our local Dunkley environment and a new generation of job-seekers are better off, with the graduation of some of the federally funded Green Army teams in Dunkley last week.
Green Army projects have been undertaken across our region to improve habitats for threatened species and ecological communities, and to protect local Indigenous cultural sites, including through erosion management, eradication of weeds, removal of waste and the introducing additional native plants.
The works included activity in Mount Eliza Regional Park, Boggy Creek, Seaford Wetlands and along the Mornington Coastline.
The five month-long activity was completed at the end of January and on Friday Mr Crewther joined the participants, Mornington Peninsula Shire, the Friends of Williams Road Beach Group, service provider Manpower, as well as representatives from Landcare, the Dolphin Research Institute and local community members to celebrate the team’s achievements.
“The Green Army has undertaken a huge task and produced some incredible benefits for our local environment and we are privileged to have multiple teams working to conserve and protect our beautiful natural assets across greater Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula,” Mr Crewther said.
“Not only do these projects benefit our local community environment but the skills and training provided assist participants with increased opportunities for their future”.
“Beric, Dilhan, Morgan, Michal, Jake, Rian, Kirsten and Ryan have done very important work in the Mount Eliza Project, planting 200 plants at Williams Beach, diverting almost 200 bags of green waste to farms and not going to landfill, weeding over 2km of beach for sea spurge, woody weeding over five hectares and hand weeding 0.8 hectares, among much, much more.”
“The Mount Eliza Green Army Project has been invaluable to preserving our coastline and reserves.”
Participants said that the project taught them job skills and enabled them to learn about how much work went into maintaining the environment.
The Green Army is first and foremost an environmental program that aims to support practical, environment and heritage conservation Projects across urban, regional and remote Australia.
Participants said that many of them were now job hunting, and that they would definitely be interested in more volunteer work in the future following their experience with the Green Army.
Mr Crewther congratulated the participants including local community groups for their efforts and thanked them for their dedication.