9 young people graduated from the final Green Army project in the Bathurst region today at Skillset’s Flannery Centre. This was the fifth and final project over a 2 year period for the area and a large crowd gathered to mark the occasion. Mayor Graeme Hangar thanked all participants on behalf of the community for the great work they have completed and Skillset Environment Manager Ashley Bland thanked Council for being a supportive and proactive Host.

The Green Army team, led by Skillset in partnership with Campbell Page and Bathurst Regional Council (Project Host) helped to protect, restore and connect Bathurst Woodlands.  The project was held on 17 sites to target native vegetation restoration. The Green Army Team assisted with site assessments, targeted weed control, fence removal, seed collection, planting of local native vegetation, walking track maintenance and erosion control.

Over the five projects, Skillset hosted 42 local young participants, of whom many are now gainfully employed. The project also reaped great environmental outcomes including nearly 8,000 planted trees and shrubs, 103ha of weed treatment and the removal of nearly 8 tonnes of debris.  In addition, the team gained skills in fencing, track construction, gully restoration, erosion control, seed collection and propagation, field days and events, monitoring and evaluation, and more.

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action program that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment.

Skillset and Campbell Page partnered to become one of five Service Providers delivering the Green Army Programme for the Australian Government. Together with our training partner TAFE Western we manage projects across New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.