Green Army set to tackle coastal weeds

THE Iluka Nature Reserve rainforest and coastal ecosystems in Bundjalung National Park will benefit from two projects to be launched today at Woody Head Camp Ground near Iluka.

Over the next 18 months, three Green Army teams will work to restore coastal habitat.

"We will be working to restore coastal habitat over the next three years with funding from NSW Environmental Trust," Envite Environment bush regeneration team supervisor Barry Hayes said.

"Weeds are a major threat to biodiversity. Iluka Nature Reserve and Bungjalung National Park are habitat for a range of threatened plant and animal species.

"Iluka Nature Reserve contains the largest remaining stand of littoral rainforest in NSW and is World Heritage listed. Funding from the Trust will allow us to support the work of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to improve the condition of these beautiful natural areas."

The Green Army allows young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environment and conservation fields. Green Army teams include nine participants and a supervisor.

"We are working with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to control serious weeds," Green Army team supervisor Phil Penberthy said.

"This will improve the condition of World Heritage Iluka Nature Reserve. Participants will also be planting trees and gaining new skills and knowledge.

"All our participants are volunteers who are paid a training allowance over 20 weeks. They undertake training in first aid, workplace health and safety and units from Conservation and Land Management training.

"Local young people who want to join the next Green Army team at Iluka can apply from April online at www.envite.org.au."



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