Election promise goes green

LNP candidate for Flynn Ken O’Dowd, has welcomed the announcement of a Coalition initiative to establish a workforce of up to 15,000 people dedicated to local environmental projects across the country.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott has announced that the Coalition, if elected to government, will establish a Green Army that will be available on an ongoing basis to undertake local and regional environmental projects.

The program would start in July 2011 and will allocate funds of up to $125,000 per team for six months.

“This will be the first deployment in Australia of large numbers of people dedicated to the

environmental problems that most urgently need attention,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“There is no doubt that we need to do more to protect our native flora and fauna and address environmental degradation and this scheme will build on our nation’s capacity to act.”



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