The Australian government announced the launch of “Green Army”, a movement led by a Greek-Australian MP Nickolas Varvaris to face serious environmental threats.
Nickolas Varvaris, an MP from Barton, said that young people from the area, aged 17 to 24 will be the first to join the “Green Army” of the Australian government.
Green Army is considered the largest environmental movement in Australia’s history.
Nickolas Varvaris along with the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt met at Carss Bush Park, in Sydney to officially announce the launch of the “Green Army” project.
Varvaris stated that “young Australians will have the opportunity to contribute to one of the biggest environmental government initiatives that will largely help to the protection of the environment.”
He reported that the activities of the “Green Army” which will soon start in Barton, include the restoration of Georges River, as well as removing litter and fences to ensure safe public access and to protect the environment from inappropriate land use.
Participants will receive an allowance by the Green Army and will also obtain a qualification certificate that will improve their career opportunities.
The Australian government has invested 525 Australian dollars in the project to encourage public participation in the project and protect the local environment and cultural heritage.
The program is estimated to provide training to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.