Green grad­u­ates on the front­line

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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.

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