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Launch of the Green Army Project

 

It was great to be joined by the Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP, the Environment Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and my parliamentary colleagues Mr Craig Kelly MP and Mr David Coleman MP in my electorate of Barton this morning to officially launch the Green Army project.

We marked the launch of the first round of projects by planting multiple Blueberry Ash native trees within Carss Bush Park.

Joining the Green Army is a chance for young Barton residents aged 17-24 to be part of the largest environmental movement in Australia’s history. I am so proud that Barton will be one of the first electorates in Australia to host a standing Green Army.

The Green Army will work with existing community initiatives and service providers like the St George Combined Councils Committee and LandCare Australia to build on the work that has already been conducted in our local area.

The Georges River projects will rehabilitate public land across the Kogarah, Rockdale and Hurstville local government areas and beyond, regenerating salt marshes, removing litter and regenerating bushland.

As the Federal Member for Barton and somebody with a history of involvement in local government, I know that this work has certainly been a long time coming and that it is much needed in this area.

I am proud to have fought for this work to be undertaken in consultation with the Minister for the Environment and community alliances such as the St George Combined Councils Committee.

I rededicate myself to the task of securing the conservation work that our local residents deserve and our waterways desperately need.