AFTER six weeks of work the Green Army is already on track to leave a lasting legacy across the Corangamite Shire.
Made up of 10 young people, the Green Army has removed unwanted weeds, cleared invasive and exotic trees and planted indigenous replacements on a variety of environmental projects across the shire.
The Mount Leura and Mount Sugarloaf Management Committee, the Camperdown-Timboon Rail Trail, Heytesbury District Landcare Network, Mount Elephant Committee of Management, Powers Creek Reserve Committee and Port Campbell Biolinks Group are all set to benefit from the program.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan was at Mount Leura reserve on Friday to show his support and thank participants for getting involved.
“You are helping the environment in a very practical way and will leave a long lasting legacy on the ground,” he said.
“You will be able to look back in years to come and look on the work you achieved with pride.”
Mr Tehan said the Green Army initiative also meant young people could learn a host of practical and team building skills while achieving great results for the environment.
“They are all skills that will put them in good stead for the future,” he said.
“Young people are the future of this nation, so it makes sense to have projects like this that help them reach their full potential.
“I can see in their faces how it gives them a sense of pride and boosts their self confidence.”
Corangamite Shire councillor Ruth Gstrein said the Green Army provided a huge boost to local volunteer led community groups.
“It results in a whole host of benefits like reduced weed infestations, improved water quality and enhanced biodiversity values,” she said.
“This work is vital in encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoors and consequently improving the visitor experience.
“There are so many benefits to the wider community and the Corangamite Shire is pleased to be a part of it, we certainly thank the Australian Government for its support.”