Green Army projects are ideal for anyone wanting to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in conservation and land management.

Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people aged 17-24 including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. Green Army support hands-on local environment and conservation projects across urban, regional and remote Australia.

ET Australia is running several Green Army projects over 2015 and 2016.  Each project runs 4 days per week for a period of 20 weeks and participants receive an allowance for participation during this time and receive a Statement of Attainment from AHC21010 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.

See below for a list of our projects.

South Magenta Coastal Dunes and Lake Foreshore

South Magenta Coastal Dunes and Lake Foreshore

The South Magenta Coastal Dunes and Lake Foreshore project will combat coastal and lake foreshore degradation in the south Magenta area of Wyong Shire. The Green Army Team will remove targeted weeds, use bush regeneration techniques to stabilise dunes, build dunes fences to restrict public access and protect dune restoration works, plant tube stock and direct seeding, collect and propagate local provenance material, establish signage and attend field days to increase community knowledge and participation in local natural resource management activities.

5 Lands Walk Restoration Project

Five Lands Walk Restoration Project at Winney Bay

The Five Lands Walk Restoration Project at Winney Bay will rehabilitate both sides of The Five Lands Walking Track and undertake bush regeneration in the nearby Endangered Ecological Community Gully Rainforest. The project will remove monocultures of woody weeds, annuals and asparagus fern. The Green Army Team will also undertake seed collection, propagation, planting native species, and installation of weed matting to help stabilise the soil beside the concrete pathway. Other activities will include two boat trips to participate in two Clean4Shore estuary rubbish pick up days, and two weeks at the Australian Reptile Park.

National Park Reserves Project

National Park Reserves

National Park Reserves Restoration and Conservation of Vegetation Communities project will undertake bush regeneration activities in National Parks. The Green Army Team will protect, restore and rehabilitate the Endangered Ecological Community by hand pulling, cutting and painting, scraping and painting and frilling weeds; undertake flora surveys; fauna surveys; and propagation and planting.

The project will work in the Hawkesbury North and Lakes Areas within the Central Coast Hunter Region of National Parks. Specifically, work will take place in the Bouddi National Park, Yengo National Park, Wyrrabalong National Park, Dharug National Park, Munmorah State Recreation Area, Wambina Nature Reserve, Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve and Cockle Bay Nature Reserve. The project will cross three Local Government Areas Gosford, Wyong and Hawkesbury.

Putty Beach Reserve Project

Putty Beach Reserve

The Protection and Preservation of Putty Beach Reserve project will rehabilitate sand dunes and undertake dune revegetation. The Green Army Team will manage and maintain the site, undertake promotional activities to increase the community awareness, and revegetate the area. The proposal is to remove monocultures of Bitou Bush and matts of Asparagus Fern and establish specialised dune vegetation species in the hind and parts of the dune system.

The project will focus on creating a robust fore-dune system which will entail the installation of hay bales to capture sand, to create banks. These sand banks will build over time to develop hind dunes and swales that will eventually support another specialist suite of plants. Other work will include the remnant rainforests nearby, seed collection, potential propagation activities, and planting of native species. Fencing areas to protect new plants will form part of the teams’ learning. Alternate activities will include site visits to other reserve locations from time to time to locations with specific focus on training in plant identification.