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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
6 December 2001
A small, but committed group of 5 young Australians were acknowledged in a graduation ceremony today in Tatura by Federal Member for Murray, Sharman Stone, as part of the Federal Government's highly successful Green Corps program.
The team is in the final days of completing their 6-month long project focused on revegetation of understorey to promote biodiversity, reducing rising water tables and tackling salinity.
"By protecting and repairing the habitat of our region, rare and endangered bird species like the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and Helmeted Honeyeater, will have a greater chance of survival - which also aids in keeping insects under control", Sharman Stone said.
"The team were also involved in a number of minor projects across the Goulburn Valley, including protecting remnant vegetation from stock at Koonoomoo, weed mapping at Barmah Forest, habitat restoration at Wallenjoe Swamp and rehabilitating the grounds of Days Mill Historic Site near Rushworth".
Sharman Stone said that the Green Corps program has been a great success across the country, giving young people aged between 17 and 20 the opportunity to gain experience in environment and natural resource issues, while receiving accredited training.
"The Shepparton team have planted over 32,000 plants, constructed 2.8 kilometres of fencing and completed over 6 hectares of weeding. All of which is making a vital difference to the local landscape".
"It is also pleasing that the team have actively contributed to the local community by participating in the Dookie College Community 'Plantout', cleaning up the Arcadia Wayside Stop for Remembrance Day and helping with garden maintenance work at Toolamba and Tallygaroopna Primary Schools", Sharman Stone said.
Shaman Stone encouraged young people interested in finding out more about Green Corps to contact the National Green Corps Hotline number on 1800 633 844 or visit the Green Corps website at: www.greencorps.org.au.
December 6th 2001
Simon Frost 0419 495 468