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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

PARRAMATTA, PARKES AND LISMORE AMONG NEW GREEN CORPS PRIORITIES


19 December 1997

Revegetation, the protection of rare native trees and shrubs and the restoration of koala habitat are among the projects to be conducted by seven new Green Corps teams in NSW.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, 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.

"The habitat protection and revegetation projects are directly linked to Trust programs such as Bushcare and the Endangered Species Program.

"The Green Corps teams in the South Windsor, Gosford, Bathurst, Parkes and Lismore will conduct much-needed revegetation projects, which will help conserve native animal habitats and biodiversity of the regions.

"A highlight of the South Windsor project will be the construction of a boardwalk, which will allow for visitor access over important and fragile wetland.

"The restoration of a Blue Gum High Forest in Parramatta and the enhancement of a saltmarsh and mangroves in Concord, in Sydney's west, will be undertaken by two urban based-teams."

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

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