A group of 17-24 year olds have been restoring the local environment in the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning (GWLAP) area as part of the federal government's Green Army program.
The Green Army participants from the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula are seeing the results of their hard work come to fruition after completing their 22 week on-ground project. Their efforts were acknowledged at a graduation ceremony at the Natural Resources Centre in Strathalbyn on March 12, hosted by Workskil and the GWLAP Association Inc.
Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs congratulated the team on its success.
"During the past six months, the Green Army participants have not only generated real environment and conservation benefits for our local community, but they have gained valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce, pursue further training or improve their career opportunities," he said.
Environmental activities undertaken included propagating and planting native seedlings, weed and erosion control, revegetation, coastal management works, ecological mapping and flora and fauna surveys.
"As the Australian Government's Green Army grows, so too, do the opportunities for young people around Australia to get involved," Mr Briggs said.
"I encourage those interested in helping their environment and gaining new skills and training to seek out Green Army opportunities in their region."