With the likely scrapping of the Green Army program, local operators say it will result in many local young people no longer being able to gain skills and earn a supplementary income to their Newstart allowance.
The Green Army was former PM Tony Abbott’s flagship environmental ‘direct action’ climate plan; participants received between $614 and $996 a fortnight to participate in conservation-restoration projects.
The federal government announced it may be scrapped under a deal to save $350m.
Envite Environment, who say they have run four projects out of Byron Bay and more than 50 across the NSW north coast, claim it has brought a wealth of environmental, social and economic benefits to the area.
Representatives from Byron Shire Council, Dunecare, Envite Environment and the community gathered Tuesday morning to congratulate Byron Bay’s Green Army Team on completion of another successful project.
Team supervisor John McVicar said the team had exceeded all their targets and learned extremely valuable lessons about teamwork.