Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright met with Greg Hunt, Shadow Minister for Climate Action to secure funding for the first Green Army project for Wright which will create jobs and improve our local environment.
It has been confirmed that the River Weed Control and Vegetation Management project will be the first Green Army project to go ahead in Wright if the Coalition are successful on September 7.
The River Weed Control and Vegetation Management Project aims to remove non-native weeds, such as cat claw, and replace vegetation with native species in the upper reaches of rivers and creeks across the region.
Scott Buchholz says he is excited to see work begin on our local waterways which are looking a little worse for wear following floods in 2011 and 2013.
This project will improve water quality, prevent flooding, protect agricultural land from weed infestation and treat erosion,
The Green Army initiative is great. It places community members in charge of tackling important local environmental issues whilst receiving a training wage and valuable work experience said Mr. Buchholz.
The Wright Green Army will work with the local River Trust, Local Government, Landcare and regional resource management groups to prioritise work on the Albert, Nerang and Logan Rivers, and other infested creeks in the regions.
The project will be funded out of the $300 million allocated to the National Green Army initiative which is part of Coalitions environment policy to protect and enhance Australias environment for future generations through direct action and engagement with communities.