Green Army to attack weeds
TOMATO LAKE, GARVEY PARK IN ITS SIGHTS
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.