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Joint Media Release
Mr Tony Abbott, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Senator Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment


19 December 1997

Coast care, bush regeneration, habitat protection and wildlife preservation are among the aims of eight new Green Corps projects announced today for Queensland.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott MP, announced 33 new projects, to begin across Australia in April, which will provide places for 330 young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.

Senator Macdonald said the projects complemented the Howard Government's environmental rescue plan, the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

"Coast care and bush regeneration projects are directly linked to Trust programs such as Bushcare, Coastcare and the Endangered Species Program.

"Queensland Green Corps teams will set to work in Tully, Mirani, North Cedar Creek, Ipswich, Caloundra, Cunningham's Gap, Mount Tamborine and the North-East Darling Downs.

"Among the highlights is a Coastcare project at Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and the protection of a wildlife corridor at Ipswich.

"The Caloundra Green Corps team will work with community groups to enhance the coastal dune system, while the Ipswich team will develop the wildlife corridor in association with conservation work around the Mihi Creek and Bremer River Junction."

Mr Abbott said the program will do more than assist young people to join environmental projects. Green Corps helps young Australians to reach their potential by boosting their future employment and education prospects.

"Green Corps team members will receive accredited environmental training, providing nationally recognised skills transferable to other courses," Mr Abbott said.

The announcement of the fifth round of Green Corps projects marks the continued delivery of a key election commitment by the Howard Government and the commitment of $42 million to provide opportunities for 3500 young Australians over the next two years.

Media Contacts:
For Senator Macdonald, Paula Randall 0419 238 756
For Mr Abbott, Maxine Sells (06) 277 4337

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