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Green Army produce great results The Cooks River and Salt Pan Creek foreshores are much cleaner following months of hard work by the Green Army. Yes  

The Cooks River and Salt Pan Creek foreshores are much cleaner following months of hard work by the Green Army.

In July this year, the City of Canterbury Bankstown received $27,000 from the Federal Government’s Green Army Grants Program, which went towards three environmental projects including:

  • The rehabilitation of the Northern Wetland Corridor along Cooks River, from Canterbury to Earlwood, which restored wetland vegetation through the removal of noxious weeds;
  • The Western Sydney Project 1 Blaxland - Restoration Mirambeena Regional Park, which saw the Green Army team control exotic weeds and vines, and conduct seed collections, that helps protect the park’s popular walking trails; and
  • The restoration of Salt Pan Creek at Padstow and Peakhurst, which saw the removal of rubbish and weeds, which now allows for increased bush regeneration and the growth of native vegetation.

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the works could not have been done without the Green Army’s assistance.

"The Green Army participants have had a real impact on achieving practical environmental conservation outcomes for two of Canterbury-Bankstown’s key waterways," Mayor Asfour said.

"By removing invasive weeds and litter from 3.4 hectares along the Cooks River and 1.8 hectares at Salt Pan Creek, they’ve helped improve salt marsh and foreshore conditions in both waterways.

"Apart from looking better, this now means many species of fauna such as bats, birds, insects and mammals, as well as aquatic fauna including crabs, molluscs and fish, will be able to use this environment as their habitat for foraging, breeding and roosting."

The projects were delivered by Conservation Volunteers Australia, who worked with Council staff to train and supervise the Green Army participants.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Regional Manager, Scott Appleton, said the program helped connect the younger generation with nature, in a fun and interactive way.

"The success was having these young people gaining work experience and employment in the environment, and in addition, demonstrating to them the value of natural spaces through education and development," he said.

Green Army participant, Lydia McDonnell, who is studying Conservation and Land Management, said the program helped her better understand what was involved in Landcare-related activities.

"It was an excellent program. Not only were we able to gain qualifications and learn on the job, but also gain experience and support from conservation volunteers," she said.

 3/01/2018 9:56 AM