Minister for the Environment (and heritage), The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has made available for comment the Draft Statement of Requirements for a Green Army, to service Australia's environment and heritage assets.
Click here to read about this initiative and obtain the mandatory cover sheet.
Click here to read the Significance International contribution to this consultation.
We welcome this opportunity to comment upon this initiative and make a number of constructive comments on how best to address the heritage aspects of this Programme, which is a reincarnation of the Green Corps programme introduced by Prime Minister Howard in 1996.
Inputs to this consultation will inform the drafting of the Request for Tender for the Green Army Programme, which will be released by 31 March 2014. It is anticipated that the first teams will be appointed in July 2014 to work on the 150 prior-approved projects.
Over the four years of this Programme it is anticipated that 15,000 mainly 17-24 year olds will be engaged to complete around 1500 needed environmental and heritage projects.
We encourage you to send any thoughts of your own, particularly on the place of heritage in the scheme (no more than 2500 words), by the 3pm deadline on Tuesday 4th February to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
The Green Army
The Department of the Environment
PO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
There is also a Green Army hotline on 1800 780 730 if you require any assistance.
Keep an eye on the Green Army homepage for news on when project ideas will be accepted (early 2014): http://www.environment.gov.au/node/35131