Green Army means work, with purpose

RECONNOITRE: The Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association’s Bill Best (left) shows Green Army supervisor Greg Wippell around one of the sites the new recruits will be working on.

LOCAL youth employment will be bolstered by a new Green Army project to focus on the Upper Kiewa River Mt Beauty Restoration Project.

Green Army supervisor Greg Wippell, who was in Mt Beauty this week to plan his recruitment campaign, said the age range was the only real requirement.

“We are looking for young men and women including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers,” he said.

“You don’t need to be unemployed, and the only qualification needed is a willingness to work in the environment as part of a team.”

The project is a 25 week program which will provide employment for nine 17 – 24 year olds, who will be paid an allowance, and get qualifications.

The Green Army is a voluntary program to encourage hands-on, practical grassroots conservation action to address environmental and heritage priorities.

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