An eight-strong team of Green Army participants – one of Australia’s most successful programs for young people seeking environmental work experience – will help rehabilitate Mt Archer following damage from bushfires and Cyclone Marcia.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the team of young people aged from 17 to 24 will work on a six month conservation project in conjunction with workplace supervisor Manpower and the Rockhampton Regional Council.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry announced a Green Army team for Mt Archer with Rockhampton Regional Councillors Neil Fisher and Cherie Rutherford.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry announced a Green Army team for Mt Archer with Rockhampton Regional Councillors Neil Fisher and Cherie Rutherford.

“Mt Archer is a major landmark, a National Park and a hub for community recreation that towers above Rockhampton, and I am pleased that the Federal Government is supporting its rehabilitation by approving a Green Army team,” Ms Landry said.

“The Green Army is Australia’s largest-ever participation program of its type – supporting environmental action across the country – while offering young unemployed people aged 17 to 24 a paid opportunity to learn new conservation and job skills.”

The Mt Archer project has been approved by the Federal Government under a special round to help communities recovering from recent natural disasters. Participants have the opportunity to complete accredited training modules to help prepare them for the full time workforce or improve career opportunities.

Ms Landry said the Mt Archer Green Army team will work with the Rockhampton Regional Council in its efforts to continue environmental rehabilitation Mt Archer following Cyclone Marcia.

“The project includes clearing sites to re-establish walking track access to bushland sites, rehabilitation work, work to eradicate weeds and damage from feral pests, revegetation and erosion control to build resilience against future storms,” she said.

One of the rarest plants on Mt Archer

One of the rarest plants on Mt Archer

Rockhampton Regional Councilor Neil Fisher has been overseeing projects on Mt Archer and said the Green Army would make a welcome contribution to the area.

“Mt Archer is one of Rockhampton’s hidden jewels. But recently it has seen the brunt of Mother Nature. Now, with the help of the Green Army, it’s the perfect time to see the rebirth of this area. The council would like to thank Michelle Landry for her support in securing a Green Army team under the Australian Government program,” he said.

Young locals interested in joining the Green Army can register their interest in participating at: http://www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army/participants/get-involved