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Green Army projects launched in Coffs Harbour

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker with Tegan McNeil, Mica Constable and Luke McIntosh at the launch of two Green Army projects in Coffs Harbour.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker with Tegan McNeil, Mica Constable and Luke McIntosh at the launch of two Green Army projects in Coffs Harbour. David Barwell

TWO Green Army projects have officially launched in Coffs Harbour today.

The projects include a coastal corridor enhancement between Coffs Coast and Wooli, and improvements to coastal access and environmental rehabilitation on the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

Tegan McNeil, 17, is engaged in the coastal corridor project.

She said Green Army was a way of gaining hands-on experience before starting university next year.

"You're given the opportunity to learn so much about the environment," she said.

Luke McIntosh, 19, recently relocated from Sydney to Coffs Harbour and is also working on the corridor project.

"I found it relatively easy to join and it's a good way of meeting people when you're new to a town," he said.

"I'm looking at doing a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management so it's good to get this experience."

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker launched the projects at Coffs Coast Regional Park this morning in conjunction with EnviTE Environment and Coffs Harbour City Council.

"The skills learned on these projects can help young people to improve their job prospects or lead to further training and career opportunities in the future," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"We've heard from participants in the first round of Green Army projects how much they enjoyed the work with their team, that they are learning new skills and creating a pathway for themselves while improving the environment.

"This is a very positive outcome for everyone involved."

Work on the coastal corridor enhancement project includes the restoration of high conservation value vegetation on nine sites along the Coffs Harbour coast.

Improvements on coastal access end Environmental rehabilitation on the Coffs Coast includes restoration works, boardwalk and paved track access as part of the development of the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

The Green Army is a key Australian Government commitment, with $525 million budgeted over four years, and will bring the Government's total investment in natural resource management to more than $2 billion over four years.

The program is aimed at 17-24 year olds.

For more information on the Green Army project visit www.environment.gov.au/green-army

Topics:  coffs harbour, green army, luke hartsuyker, solitary islands coastal walk, wooli



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