Green Army’s Crookwell Connectivity Challenge ready to start

Green Army back skilling up young people in the Upper Lachlan Catchment area

A team of young people will soon be hard at work helping restore the landscape and revegetate the area as the Green Army gets back to work in the Upper Lachlan Catchment area.

The Green Army team, led by Campbell Page in partnership with the Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee, is working in a number of areas including the Binda/Lost River area and the Fullerton/Hadley and Peelwood/Tuena areas.

The team will work with local Landcare groups and landholders to link areas on public reserves and private land through landscape restoration and revegetation using appropriate local species. These links will benefit woodland bird and mammal species, in particular the Squirrel Glider, a species which has been returning to the area due to planting of large Acacias. It will also improve the extent and condition of Box Gum and Snow Gum woodlands, restore habitat and improve water quality and rehydrate the landscape by rehabilitating degraded gullies.

“We are delighted to be part of this great initiative which gives young people an opportunity to get hands-on, practical skills and experience while working on a really worthwhile project”, said Mr Dale Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Page Australia.

“When the project wraps up in mid-September these young people will have new skills in environmental and conservation fields which will stand them in good stead to move onto further training or employment” he said.

The project will also have significant environmental benefits for the Upper Lachlan Catchment area.

“ Boosting the efforts of the local Landcare groups and Landholders who are already contributing significantly, this project will have long-term benefits for biodiversity by restoring important habitat connections and linkages; repairing degraded land, and rehydrating the landscape.” said Mary Bonet  (Coordinator for the Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee).

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment.

Campbell Page is one of five service providers delivering the Green Army programme for the Australian Government. Together with our partners Skillset and TAFE Western we will be running projects across New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.IMG_0145

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