TREE PEOPLE: 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.
TREE PEOPLE: 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.

Green Army provides opportunity for 90 young people

WHEN Georgina Cox was growing up she collected bugs and helped her Nan and Pop in the garden on weekends.

Now she is part of the Green Army and this week is completing planting 6250 rainforest trees near Clunes. The planting links two endangered rainforest remnants along Coopers Creek.

Georgina said "I really enjoy Green Army. I grew up outside. 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. I hope to finish uni and work in natural resource management."

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

April said "Green Army has been a fantastic experience for me. 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. 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 years 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 from 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. 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."

Envite Environment has 10 new North Coast Green Army projects open for application through www.envite.org.au or call 6627 2800.



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