A Coalition Government will provide opportunities for ten young people in Fairfax as part of an innovative program that will provide job seekers with a leg up whilst also cleaning up the environment.
LNP candidate for Fairfax Ted O’Brien and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Simon Birmingham today announced the first step in the Coalition’s Green Army environmental project, which will see the establishment of the largest standing workforce ever in Australia to provide real and practical solutions to local environmental issues.
Mr O’Brien said the initiative would provide 10 young Fairfax job seekers with a 26 week paid placement with not-for-profit organisations that help to protect the Maroochy River Catchment through litter patrols, monitoring pollutants and revegetating the area.
Senator Birmingham said those employed would gain valuable work skills and learn to work as part of a team in potentially gaining qualifications in different areas of environmental remediation.
“I hope that joining the Green Army will become a rite-of-passage for young people in the years ahead in Fairfax and across Australia,” Senator Birmingham said.
Mr O’Brien said the Green Army projects would complement the work of local environmental and landcare groups as well as similar work carried out by the Sunshine Coast Council.
“Joining this endeavour will teach young people about teamwork, local ownership and about the value of belonging to something greater than themselves,” Mr O’Brien said.
“In an area where unemployment is so high, these are important skills that could assist participants to gain ongoing work as part of the Coalition’s commitment to delivering real job opportunities.
“I am looking forward to working with residents, local environmental groups and the community in identifying further projects into the future that the Green Army can tackle.
“Only a strong united government can deliver a cleaner environment and a more sustainable future without the impost of the carbon tax which is causing real economic damage to our economy and the living standards of Australians.
“The building of the 15,000 strong Green Army is part of the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan to build a strong prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.”