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The CWAD has hosted four Green Army teams for the last 12 months. A Green Army is a group of young people (18 to 24) employed to work as a team under the supervision of an environmental expert to deliver a whole range of environmental activities.

These teams are sent out to sub-hosts such as environmental groups, schools, councils and Parks Victoria to undertake activities.

The supervisor is briefed on the works required and then a training program is developed to ensure the participants have the basic skills to perform the work. Basic tools and OH&S equipment is supplied including uniforms etc.

The team consists of up to 9 participants and are transported around via a mini bus.

CWAD has a working relationship with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) to deliver the service to the host.

The program aims to help young people experience the Natural Resources Management (NRM) field and if attractive then assist them find work beyond the six month period.

Every six months a new team is provided with new participants.

We are finding some of the participants are filling supervisor roles for other teams after their six-month period.

CWAD has assisted over 20 groups in the Dandenongs area with the services of the Green Army. Best of all our groups are getting stuck into some long-term issues in their local reserves and properties.

Some groups have gone on and employed some of the participants while other participants have found similar work with local contractors.

Specific acknowledgements go out to Jason Wood, Federal Member for Latrobe, for assisting CWAD in obtaining these armies.