We’re in ‘Army’ sights
NORTHERN Rivers people may be the first around the nation to join the environmental Green Army project if the Coalition wins this year's federal election.
Acting Federal Opposition Leader Warren Truss joined Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan in Lismore yesterday to announce the in-principle approval of Australia's first Green Army project for the city.
In partnership with Rekindling the Spirit and the Jubullum Land Council, the Green Army project will engage local youths in regenerating local river banks and agricultural land at Tabulam.
Mr Truss said the Tabulam Environmental Rehabilitation Project was the first project to be approved under the Coalition's plan for raising a Green Army of up to 15,000 young people nationwide to tackle local environmental issues.
"The program is perfect for the Rekindling the Spirit community, as it gives young people the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, while receiving a training allowance on top of their normal benefits," he said. Rekindling the Spirit managing director Greg Telford said the project was a great incentive for unemployed people to gain some skills and hopefully employment.
He said if the Coalition won the election he hoped to get a crew of 10 people involved in the Green Army project.
Mr Hogan expressed his support and encouraged locals to submit their own ideas for other green projects in the community. "This policy is a great opportunity for the people of Page to make a significant hands-on difference at the local level and really take charge of our own environmental destiny," he said.