The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Taking the next step to mobilise the Green Army
21 January 2014
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The Coalition Government has today moved closer to the launch of the Green Army with the release of the Draft Statement of Requirements, setting out the key design features of the programme as well as the proposed delivery arrangements.
The Green Army is a key Coalition election commitment and will commence from July 2014. This voluntary initiative will recruit young people aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment while gaining hands-on, practical skills and experience.
The Green Army will become Australia’s largest-ever environmental workforce, building to 15,000 participants by 2018, capable of delivering on-ground environmental projects.
The Green Army will make a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places.
Fostering teamwork, local ownership and community spirit, the Green Army will deliver tangible benefits for the environment and skills development for thousands of young Australians.
The consultation process now underway provides an opportunity for all members of the public to provide practical advice about the on-ground delivery of the programme including recruitment and training of participants, project management and other administrative details. Public comments are invited until 4 February 2014.
Feedback received on the Draft Statement of Requirements will improve the delivery arrangements for this very important initiative. It will be used to inform the final content of the Request for Tender that will be released in the coming months to invite applications from potential service providers.
Information for groups interested in submitting Green Army projects will be available in the coming weeks. The Government is committed to start implementing Green Army projects from July.
We can make the biggest and most lasting change when we harness the energy, knowledge and experience of those working in the field. This is the start of a process that will make a real and significant difference to the environment.
The Draft Statement of Requirements and further information about the Green Army programme is available at: www.environment.gov.au/topics/cleaner-environment/clean-land/green-army.