Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor, visited Wamboin recently to provide an update about the federal Green Army program that will do repair and maintenance work on the community Greenways at Bywong and Wamboin. Work on the ground is expected to start around June.
“Where local volunteers have been limited in terms of time and resources, the Green Army will engage up to nine young people to tackle the problems head on and for up to six months. There’ll be a lot achieved,” Mr Taylor said. Erosion control works are high on the list, as well as weed removal and trail improvement.
Palerang Mayor Pete Harrison said the network of local Greenways is an integral part of the recreational infrastructure of the communities. “They are used by casual walkers, hiking enthusiasts and horse riders alike.”
The Greenways also serve as conservation corridors for local plants and animals, some Greenways being on land that was not cleared for sheep grazing as so much else was in the district.
“This is all about giving young people the confidence and skills to take the next step toward ongoing employment,” said Taylor. Anyone interested in joining the Green Army (which is paid work) can apply through the appointed Service Providers, listed at www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army/service-providers
Image: Visiting Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor illustrates by his height the depth of a Wamboin Greenways erosion gully. Repairing erosion will be one of the projects undertaken by the Green Army on the Greenways.