Green Army Teams Glimpse Landcare Future at State NRM Conference

Eighteen young people working in two Green Army teams in the Peel-Harvey catchment will have the opportunity to attend the State NRM (Natural Resource Management) Conference over two days in late September, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the event's organising body.

The State NRM Conference is being held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from 21-23 September and has attracted a major line up of landcare practitioners including keynote speaker Dr Carmen Lawrence.

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Conference Committee Co-Chair and NRM WA Executive Manager Kathleen Broderick said the decision to offer the Green Army participants the chance to attend the event was an investment in future Landcare.

"These young people are undertaking the six-month programme because they are interested in gaining practical training and experience while being paid to work in local environments restoring native vegetation, protecting animal habitats and regenerating wetlands. By offering them a chance to become delegates at the conference, we hope to grow their passion for NRM and inspire them to continue in landcare careers," said Kathleen Broderick.

The Green Army is a 6-month programme for 17-24 year olds to train and work in the environment. The Australian Government has allocated more than $700 million for the programme over four years from 1 July 2015.

Each Green Army project has a team of up to nine participants led by a Team Supervisor. It is an exciting opportunity for young people to work on local environment projects, while gaining practical skills and training. Participants have the opportunity to do accredited training modules to help prepare for the workforce or improve career opportunities.

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Harvey River Restoration Taskforce Chair Jennifer Stringer said it would be very beneficial for the Green Army teams to take part in the conference.

"By attending the event, they will become more aware of the many opportunities for career paths in all the varied aspects of NRM practice and it will inspire them even further into potential landcare and natural resource management careers," said Jennifer Stringer.

The Harvey River and City of Mandurah projects are supported by the Australian Government's Green Army Programme and the Peel Harvey Catchment Council.

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