Mod­els launch into cal­en­dar for char­ity

CM Man­age­ment mod­els Zasiah Ietto and Chelsea Grif­fiths have been count­ing down the days to the 2018 WA Coun­try Builders Telethon Cal­en­dar launch set for to­mor­row night at Bun­bury Cen­tre­point Shop­ping Cen­tre. The cal­en­dar will raise money for chil­dren in

South Western Times - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

THE team leader of the ex­pired Green Army pro­gram in Bun­bury is wor­ried about re­duced op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth in the city.

The Green Army is a na­tion­wide prac­ti­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tion pro­gram that gives ex­pe­ri­ence to peo­ple aged 17-25 in en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage con­ser­va­tion projects.

At the end of last year it was an­nounced the pro­gram’s Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing would come to an end, with all pro­grams around the coun­try to fin­ish by next June. Bun­bury’s fi­nal group of Green Army par­tic­i­pants com­pleted their pro­gram last week.

Bun­bury’s Green Army team su­per­vi­sor Johnny Pre­fumo said he was sad­dened to see the end of the pro­gram, which he be­lieved was a mas­sive ben­e­fit to the en­vi­ron­ment, the com­mu­nity and to those who took part.

He was con­cerned that to­gether with Bun­bury’s high un­em­ploy­ment rate, ax­ing the pro­gram would mean less op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in the city, re­sult­ing in less fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal projects and youth not be­ing able to gain im­por­tant life skills.

The Green Army pro­gram was about more than pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, with par­tic­i­pants gain­ing life, work and prob­lem solv­ing skills, be­ing able to net­work with peo­ple and busi­nesses who had sim­i­lar in­ter­ests to them, and be­ing given op­por­tu­ni­ties they would not have been privy to with­out the pro­gram.

“They were taught many, many skills, de­vel­oped a rap­port with or­gan­i­sa­tions. It’s a shame to see such a pro­gram that got such great out­comes came to an end,” Mr Pre­fumo said.

The com­mu­nity also ben­e­fited from the par­tic­i­pants’ ef­forts in pub­lic ar­eas, such as the restora­tion project at Buf­falo Beach.

“It’s not about all the kids be­ing em­ployed in the en­vi­ron­men­tal field, it’s about build­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­science,” he said.

Bun­bury Geographe Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray Philp said he had been told many good things about the work car­ried out in the pro­gram and those lead­ing it.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.