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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage
30 March 2000
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Sharman Stone MP, today congratulated the ten young participants who graduated from the Federal Government's Green Corps Program.
"For the past six months, these volunteers have been working and training in Bunya Sanctuary to repair, restore and preserve our fragile natural resources. Today's graduation is an important acknowledgment of their training, hard work and commitment," Sharman Stone said.
"The team have revitalised this popular recreation and education reserve in the heart of Brisbane. Their efforts to remove weeds, revegetate, stabilise lagoon banks, and improve water quality will help ensure the future health of this important flora and fauna reserve."
Green Corps is the Howard Government's $88.8 million program giving 6,800 young Australians the chance to help restore and protect Australia's unique natural and built environment. The program commenced in 1997. To date more than 3,500 participants have taken part in the environmental training program.
"I'm pleased to confirm that due the success of the first three years of Green Corps, the Federal Government has extended the program for another four years," Sharman Stone said.
Green Corps is a volunteer, full-time commitment by young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.
During the six-month project the Bunya Sanctuary team planted 2,000 trees, constructed bird hides and a frog pond.
"I want to congratulate the young participants for their initiative in taking part in Green Corps and for the important conservation work they have done for our local area. Their efforts today are a legacy for future generations to build upon."
In addition to field activities, the team also received 134 hours of TAFE accredited training in courses such as land conservation and restoration, environmental auditing, first aid, safety, weed control and power tools.
"The combination of work experience and training will open up a raft of new career opportunities to graduates. Surveys show that 67% of Green Corps graduates go on to work or further study, many in the field of natural resource management," Sharman Stone said.
Nationally, Green Corps teams have planted more than 2 million trees, constructed 296kms of walking track and 576 kms of fencing, and collected over 2 tonnes of native seed.
Young people seeking further information about Green Corps should call the ATCV on freecall 1800 633 844 or visit the Green Corps website at http://greencorps.ballarat.net.au/.
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
30 March 2000