Young people will learn new skills and experience while improving local waterways and native bushland in an environmental project which was launched by Deputy Mayor Gus Balloot.
The project is supported by the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme and Liverpool Council.
Councillor Balloot launched the Clinches Pond, Wattle Grove Lake and Chipping Norton Green Army project today.
“Thanks to the federal government for this funding which will go a long way to improving our local lakes, as well as training our young people in urban vegetation management,” Councillor Balloot said.
“Participants will learn about noxious weeds, local native plant species and how to manage the environment in an urban setting.
“Council is committed to a natural sustainable city where our environment is valued and protected. The Green Army will enable Council to continue this work by improving the existing remnant bushland, improving the habitat and connectivity for local native fauna and beautifying the areas.”
A team of nine 17-24 year olds and a site supervisor have already started their training and planning for the site.
Work will include increasing the riparian zones around waterways and improving connectivity between remnant patches of bushland through:
- Noxious weed removal
- Mulching and preparing areas for planting native species
- Litter and debris removal
The project began in February and will be completed by August.The federal government provides the grant to Conservation Volunteers Australia which manages the project.
The work will take place at Clinches Pond, Wattle Grove Lake and Lake Moore.