Forum celebrates Green Army achievements


ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna) held a career development forum in February to celebrate the contributions made by participants, who have been working hard on a range of conservation projects and tasks including fencing, weed eradication, revegetation and mulching along the Surf Coast.

The day featured a range of guest speakers including ANGAIR’s Peter Forster, Parks Victoria Ranger Lachie Davis, Estuary Watch Coordinator Rose Herben, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma and renowned volunteer and environmental business owner Neil Tucker.

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Green Army participants listen as GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma gives her presentation. Photo: ANGAIR

The guest speakers covered a range of topics and aimed to encourage Green Army participants to pursue a career in environmental protection.

GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma emphasised the importance of making the most of opportunities and networking with professionals.

“Even though a career is an amazing thing, life does sometimes get in the way or take us in an unexpected direction.

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Green Army participants learn the art of propagation at Paraparap. Photo: ANGAIR

“It is important to make the most out of development days and talk to like-minded professionals.

“This career development day allowed the Green Army participants to see how diverse the environmental protection industry is and was a great platform for these ambitious youths to speak to highly skilled professionals,” she said.

Want to get involved along the coast? Check out the environmental volunteer groups near you here.

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