On Wednesday Dec 21 in Bathurst a team of young people graduated from the Green Army program having completed the third phase of the Bathurst Green Army project “Protecting, Restoring and Connecting Bathurst Woodlands”.   They now have new skills in environmental and conservation fields which will assist them to move onto further training or employment.  The graduating Bathurst team were joined by the Oberon and Lithgow teams for the graduation – so many young people learning work and life skills while contributing to our future by undertaking environmental works. What a brilliant outcome!

The Green Army team, led by Skillset in partnership with Campbell Page and Bathurst Regional Council, worked to protect and improve the habitat quality of remnant native vegetation in the highly cleared landscape of the Bathurst Local Government Area. This will help improve resilience and connectivity so that our local plants and animals have a more secure future. The project team have worked over 17 sites around Bathurst, undertaking activities including site assessments, targeted weed control, fence removal, planting of local native trees, walking track maintenance and erosion control.

Project host Bathurst Regional Council saw the Green Army program as an ideal opportunity to both support employment opportunities for young people and support a range of community groups and government agencies in their efforts to conserve the natural environment of the Bathurst Region. Thank you to Bathurst Regional Council for your vision with this project and contributing to our local communities by undertaking this work in partnership with Skillset, Campbell Page, TAFE Western and the Green Army.