April English and Georgia Cox prime the pump at the start of the day and connect up the hose for watering 6250 trees planted near Clunes.
April English and Georgia Cox prime the pump at the start of the day and connect up the hose for watering 6250 trees planted near Clunes. contributed

Green Army projects need 90 workers on the North Coast

ENVITE Environment has 10 new Green Army projects kicking off across the North Coast and needs 90 workers to get the work done.

One Green Army worker, Georgina Cox, who used to help her grandparents in the garden on the weekends, has this week been planting 6250 rainforest trees near Clunes.

“I really enjoy Green Army,” she said.

“I grew up outside and I gained a lot of passion towards the environment through working in the garden with my Nan and Pop.

“I study Bioscience online as well and I hope to finish uni and work in natural resource management.”

The planting at Clunes links two endangered rainforest remnants along Coopers Creek.

April English works alongside Georgina on the Big Scrub Green Army team.

“Green Army has been a fantastic experience for me,” Ms English said.

“I have always been interested in the environment and this is a wonderful pathway into the work scene.

“I have had heaps of new training and learnt so much.

“All my friends and family are learning as well because I am always talking about work.”

The Green Army is a great opportunity for young Australians aged 17-24 to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields.

Participants are paid an allowance from $10.41 to $16.45 per hour over 30 hours each week.

Projects will be based at Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Iluka, Maclean, Grafton and Dorrigo.

Projects now open for application include restoring koala habitat, rainforest, coastal ecosystems and our World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park.

Australian Government’s Green Army Programme and Envite Environment support the projects.

Conservation works are undertaken in partnership with local Councils, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Landcare and community groups.

Green Army Team supervisor, Shannon Smedley said the teams work really hard.

“We got hot, sweaty and dirty but we know that the job is worth doing,” she said.

Envite Environment has 10 new North Coast Green Army project now open for application through their website www.envite.org.au or by calling 6627 2800.



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