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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


17 April 2000

Green Team Makeover for The Gap


Establishing a permanent and healthy home for a pair of Platypus is the aim of ten Green Corps volunteers who will spend the next six months planting trees and improving water quality in Enoggera Creek sub-catchment, Dr Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, announced today.

Dr Stone said the Save Our Waterways Now Project would be an exciting opportunity for 10 young volunteers to gain valuable work experience while helping to clean-up and rehabilitate the local environment around The Gap.

“Over the next six months the team will plant 20,000 native trees, collect 1 kg of native seed, remove 3 hectares of weeds, conduct flora and fauna surveys and build 500 metres of walking track," Sharman Stone said.

"It will be a lot of hard but rewarding work that will help revitalise the local creek system and surrounding parklands that feed into the Brisbane River.”

The project was nominated by Greening Australia Queensland and is managed by the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers. The Green Corps project will build on community works being done as part of a Natural Heritage Trust Bushcare project.

"This year the Federal Government has invested $93,700 in Trust funding in the Save Our Waterways Now Project which involves around 900 community volunteers, including residents from a local retirement village," Sharman Stone said.

"As part of a locally developed catchment management plan volunteers will replant native vegetation along Brisbane's waterways, remove weeds and rubbish, collect and propagate native seed and run a community information campaign on how to keep the area 'clean and green' in the long-term."

Dr Stone said that following the success of the first three years of Green Corps a further $88.8 million had been invested in the program over the next 4 years. The funding will provide 6,800 training places for young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.

"During their first three years in action Green Corps teams planted 2.3 million trees, collected over 2.7 tons of native seed and constructed 347kms of walking track. It all adds up to a fantastic result for the environment,” Sharman Stone said.

As well as undertaking practical conservation activities, participants receive 134 hours of accredited training in certificate courses such as Basic Landcare and Environment Action, Land Conservation and Restoration, Pathway Construction, First Aid and Weed Control Techniques.

In return for taking part in the full-time, six-month project, participants receive a training allowance of up to $269 per week, depending on their age and experience.

Surveys indicate that 70% of participants go on to employment or further education and training, many in full-time environmental management jobs, after completing a Green Corps Project.

For further information about Green Corps contact the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers telephone hotline on freecall 1800 633 844 or online at http://greencorps.ballarat.net.au/.

Media Inquiries:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
Dave Sharp, ATCV, 07 3846 0893

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