Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) are pleased to have commenced work with our third Skillset Green Army Team. This is our largest Team, consisting of nine participants between the ages of 17 and 24 years.
The participants have undertaken two days of induction training and two days of first aid that will contribute to their experience over the next 17 weeks of the Programme. The Team have also undertaken CENTROC Work Health and Safety Induction for Local Government. Our Councils take WHS very seriously and we appreciate their partnership.
The Team will be working on local projects to maintain and improve our biodiversity in our area. The team have already undertaken planting work and by the end of the project, we anticipate that they will have planted in excess of 7,000 tubestock.
CWLL are also looking forward to working with Parkes and Forbes Shire Council’s on projects that will benefit our communities and provide a cleaner and greener area for us to live in.
The focus of the projects will be working on increasing the biodiversity and connecting our Box Gum Grassy Woodlands. These woodlands are listed as Endangered Ecological Communities under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation(EPBC) Act, so provide an excellent opportunity for us to work on connecting woodland areas and corridors to increase habitat for native species.
The group won’t just be planting trees, they will also be learning to identify, collect and grow local seed, they will be learning how to work as a team and gain experience that will provide a platform to future work opportunities when they leave the Programme.
The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative providing a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is a pleasure working with Skillset Environment to provide work experience opportunities to young people in our community.
CWLL are pleased to have worked with two previous teams through Round 4. This, however, will be the final team that we will be working with through this Programme as the Federal Government will no longer be running Round 5.
As part of the Teams undertakings, they complete flora and fauna surveys in our local area. The National Parks Association Lachlan Valley Branch (NPA LVB) have kindly assisted us with their expertise over the past 12 months during their walks.
Their next walk is being held on Saturday, 8 July at the East Cookies Plains State Forest. Walkers are asked to meet opposite the Bogan Gate Hotel at 0930. This is an easy 5 kilometre walk. Please contact walk leader, Andy Tom the evening before the walk to confirm arrangements, on 02 6862 2536.
Walkers are reminded to bring along enough food and water for the entire day, as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a fold up chair is recommended. A $2.00 donation is appreciated.
One last reminder that the NSW Government Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) Review closes today. You have until 5pm to submit your feedback on TSR’s The Review is seeking input from the community on the current uses of the 6,500 TSRs across the state. The Local Land Services (LLS) want to know why you think TSRs are important and what their values are. For more information and to provide your feedback, go to their website at http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au or drop into their Parkes or Forbes offices.
For further information and links to further information in this article, please go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org or go to our facebook page.
Until next week, happy Landcaring!