Green Army recruiting volunteers to help koalas

THE Green Army is looking for recruits to help restore koala habitats in the Lismore area.

The project, which is open to anyone 17 to 24, will involve controlling weeds which block koala movement and access to food trees.

Participants will also propagate and plant trees to connect and extend koala habitats.

The Green Army will work with Lismore City Council, Landcare groups and Friends of the Koala to restore koala habitat on public and private land.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the first round of Green Army projects would begin in the coming weeks.

"Young people who want to gain valuable skills, training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields are encouraged to register their interest," Mr Hogan said.

The Green Army is a $525 million Federal Government initiative aimed at fostering practical and grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across the country.

Participants can do accredited training in areas such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills.

They will also be eligible for a Green Army allowance and will be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or skills to help them prepare for the workforce.

It aims to provide training to 15,000 Australians by 2018.

Young Australians interested in joining the Green Army can apply through the appointed Service Providers for each state and territory.

Contact details for Service Providers are available on the Green Army website.

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