Green Army to at­tack weeds

TOMATO LAKE, GAR­VEY PARK IN ITS SIGHTS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cloverdale - Jaime Shurmer

YOUNG peo­ple in Bel­mont aged 17 to 24 years will form a so-called ‘Green Army’ to clear weeds from Tomato Lake and Gar­vey Park.

The lo­cal Green Army project was an­nounced by Swan MHR Steve Irons on Au­gust 29. Weed re­moval will take place an­nu­ally and be­gin Jan­uary.

The East­ern Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil (EMRC) was of­fi­cially named as a project spon­sor and will work with par­tici- pat­ing coun­cils across sites in Perth’s east­ern re­gion to de­liver such projects as river restora­tion along the Swan River, weed man­age­ment, plant­ing and dis­ease man­age­ment of na­tive trees, Mr Irons said.

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said hand-weed­ing was re­quired at Gar­vey Park be­cause the species of weeds there ger­mi­nate when the flood plain is in­un­dated, mak­ing her­bi­cide ap­pli­ca­tion im­pos­si­ble.

“The project will as­sist in re­duc­ing the weed bur­den at both lo­ca­tions, while pro­mot­ing nat­u­ral ger­mi­na­tion of na­tive species due to re­duced com­pe­ti­tion from weeds,” he said.

“All sites are vis­ited ev­ery six weeks by the City of Bel­mont’s en­vi­ron­ment crew, whose du­ties in­clude weed con­trol.

“In ad­di­tion, the Gar­vey Park flood­plain is treated twice an­nu­ally for glad­i­oli and grass weeds. How­ever, due to the ar­eas be­ing in­un­dated from au­tumn to spring, this is not al­ways pos­si­ble and so hand weed­ing once the lo­ca­tions dry out in sum­mer is highly ben­e­fi­cial.”

The EMRC will work with Job Fu­tures to de­liver the projects and Green Army par­tic­i­pants will get an al­lowance for the du­ra­tion of their project.

Par­tic­i­pants will also be sup­ported to ob­tain Cer­tifi­cate I or II qual­i­fi­ca­tions or na­tion­ally en­dorsed skills set to help them pre­pare for the work­force or im­prove their ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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