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Media Release
Minister for the Environment, Senator the Hon. Robert Hill
Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone

Endangered Birds in Victoria the Target for Green Corps

3 April 1997

The nationally endangered Malleefowl and Regent Honeyeater will benefit from critical work to be conducted by young Australians in the second round of Green Corps projects.

The Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Amanda Vanstone, have announced 36 new Green Corps projects to begin across Australia in May, including seven for Victoria.

The Ministers said the Howard Government's $41.6 million Green Corps program is gaining momentum and young people aged between 17 and 20 are encouraged to consider being among the first participants in this exciting national initiative.

"In the new round of projects, Green Corps teams in Victoria will create a seed bank for landcare groups based around Sale, regenerate bushland at Swan Hill, rehabilitate the Wimmera wetlands and help create a new exhibit at Werribee Zoo," Senator Hill said.

"The teams are tackling issues which are central to the loss of Australia's biodiversity, for example by surveying and protecting Malleefowl and Regent Honeyeater habitat in Victoria, and their work is consistent with the aims of the Natural Heritage Trust," he said.

Senator Vanstone said Green Corps participants are able to make a meaningful contribution to the nation while improving their career prospects.

"The Green Corps is providing young Australians with exciting opportunities to contribute to improving Victoria's natural and cultural heritage, while gaining valuable training and experience and receiving an allowance of up to $252 per week," she said.

"All young people who complete a Green Corps project are eligible to receive $500 towards the cost of their ongoing education or training."

The Green Corps teams work closely with local communities and conservation agencies and are led by experienced staff from the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

The Trust will advertise this weekend to recruit 360 young people to participate in round two projects. Information can be obtained from the toll free Green Corps enquiry line on 1800 633 844 or any Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) office.

Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Virginia Wallace (Senator Vanstone's office) 06 277 7460

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