Green Army battles threats to biodiversity

THE Wellington Park Green Army Team recently faced off against weeds and the turbulent Tasmanian weather during its 23-week project to help preserve Glenorchy’s natural areas.

The project was delivered by Conservation Volunteers Australia in conjunction with the Glenorchy City Council and with the support of the Australia Government’s Green Army Program.

It was aimed at managing the threats to biodiversity in Glenorchy’s most valuable and natural areas.

The team of nine were predominately based in Wellington Park, and managed to work through the worst winter in almost 50-years, controlling Spanish heath, radiata pine, boneseed and broom.

Glenorchy City Council’s environmental officer Hannah Sadler said the outcomes and attitude of the Green Army team exceeded all expectations.

“They have covered such a huge area and contributed immensely to the protection of biodiversity in Glenorchy’s part of Wellington Park,” she said.

During the 23-weeks, the team covered 90-hectares and also completed weed control works in the N.R. Pierce Reserve, Poimena Reserve and Goulds Lagoon.

They also undertook revegetation at the GASP! Boardwalk, helping the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Understorey Network Nursery, as well as providing support to the Marion Bay Coastcare group.

The Glenorchy City Council has recently applied for the Green Army Round Four Project with the hope of continuing this weed work in 2016.

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