Green Army now recruiting local youths

What a mess: Craig Kelly with the Georges River Riverkeeper program's Tony Wales, inspect rubbish that has washed up in the saltmarsh, between Chipping Norton Lake and Voyager Point.

What a mess: Craig Kelly with the Georges River Riverkeeper program's Tony Wales, inspect rubbish that has washed up in the saltmarsh, between Chipping Norton Lake and Voyager Point.

HUGHES MP Craig Kelly is calling on young people to sign up to the government's Green Army.

Touted as being the largest environment movement in Australia's history, the army, comprising 17 to 24-year-olds, will be involved in a number of projects around the country, including several in the Hughes area.

"Green Army projects to be rolled out soon in Hughes include activities to rehabilitate the upper, mid and lower Georges River and a weed and rubbish removal project at Deepwater Park and Kelso Park," Mr Kelly said.

The Green Army will complete bush regeneration through weed treatment, natural regeneration and revegetation as well as rubbish removal. Teams will also take part in track work activities and exclusion fencing to ensure safe public access and reduce environmental degradation from inappropriate land use.

Young residents interested in joining the Green Army can apply through approved service providers for each state, available from environment.gov.au/green-army.

Participants gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, " Mr Kelly said.

Participants receive an allowance for the duration of their project and will be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills.

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