Green graduates on the frontline
ROTTNEST Island wildlife is now defended by a squad of Green Army graduates who completed a six-month course on how to protect endangered ecological species last week.
“We learnt how the environmental management machine in a large organisation works,” team leader Mathilde Bernard said
Green Army graduates Danielle Kemp, of Canning, Hillarys’ Radley Schofield, Philippa Hunter, from Claremont, Singara’s Bradley Desmond, and Nicholas Perkins, from Willagee, worked in the Federal Government-backed project.
The Green Army allows school leavers, gap-year students, recent university graduates and the unemployed to work on environmental projects across Australia. On the island, the squad planted and grew native seedlings, conducted weed control, restored foreshores and beaches, and made boardwalks and walking tracks to protect wildlife.
“Thanks to the Green Army program, I now know how to survey the landscape, how to propagate plants and how to determine which plants are suitable for a location,” Ms Hunter said.
Green Army registrations are available at www.australia.gov.au/ greenarmy.
Graduates Bradley Desmond, Philippa Hunter, Radley Schofield, Nicholas Perkins, and (front) Danielle Kemp.