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ET Australia Magazine Issue #2 February 2018

ET Australia’s annual student & community magazine.

Green Army team members

Green Army team members helped remove weeds of national significance in Bouddi National Park Green Army, That’s a Wrap Assisting the landcare group at Bateau Bay beach With our Green Army program drawing to a close in mid 2018 due to Government funding no longer being available, it’s important to reflect on what this program has provided the Central Coast community and how it positively affected the lives of young adults. Jessica Brett, ET Australia’s Green Army Coordinator, had this to say about the outcomes Green Army has provided over the years to ET Australia Green Army team members. Green Army team members cleaning up Brisbane Water What was Green Army? Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action program that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an Australian Government initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment. Participants are paid an allowance for their work and gain practical skills and training while delivering real benefits for the environment. When did ET Australia start offering the Green Army program to the Central Coast community? ET Australia has been offering environmental programs to the Central Coast Community since 1993. The Green Army Australian Government initiative was rolled out in 2014, ET Australia was excited to apply for 20 this funding and receive approval to supply this program to young adults on the Central Coast. How many Green Army programs did ET Australia run? ET Australia has successfully delivered 9 programs since 2014 under Green Army funding. We are curently delivering our final 2 programs, the NPWS Tuggerah Restoration Project 3 in conjunction with National Parks and Wildlife Services and the Salt Marsh Mapping and Preservation in the Brisbane Waters Estuary Project in conjunction with Central Coast Council. Green Army projects will end in June 2018.

How many students completed Green Army programs with ET Australia? From 2014 we have had 88 participants enrol into Green Army projects. In 2015 and beyond just under 60% of our participants have either gained employment or gone onto further study which is a terrific outcome as participants entered into Green Army programs without a job. What’s been the best student success story to come out of ET Australia’s Green Army programs? ET Australia’s Green Army Programs have had many success stories, to name the best success story just isn’t possible. The great success stories usually involve the participant leaving the program a little early as the Green Army Program has given them enough confidence, skills and experience to start their dream career which was the reason they joined Green Army in the first place. Several participants have gained employment and are now supervising in their chosen fields including Horticulture and Bush regeneration. Several have gained Apprenticeships or Traineeships in their ideal field and we have even had previous Green Army students become environmental scientists. What’s been the most impressive is when people join a Green Army project not knowing what bush regeneration is but throughout the program develop a passion for it as well as the environment. This passion continues on well after the program and leads them into employment in the industry. When does ET Australia finish offering Green Army programs to the Central Coast community? Due to the Government funding no longer being available, ET Australia’s last two Green Army Projects commenced at the end of January this year. These projects will finish in June 2018. A wonderful program for our local young people that will be missed. Working at The Australian Reptile Park, a highlight for many Green Army team members ET Australia’s Green Army Programs have had many success stories, to name the best success story just isn’t possible Green Army team members conducting plant propagation at The Community Environment Network (CEN) nursery