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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
Bush regeneration and habitat protection will be the focus of two new Green Corps projects announced today for Tasmania.
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.
"Habitat protection and bush regeneration are directly linked to Trust programs such as Bushcare and the Endangered Species Program.
"The Hobart based Green Corps team will restore the Zig Zag Walking Track on Mount Wellington through bush regeneration and weed control.
"A Launceston team will conduct the second Green Corps project for this round. Their task will be to rehabilitate parts of Youngtown Regional Park by: restabilising the banks of the Jinglers Creek; replanting local native vegetation; and controlling erosion."
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.
For Senator Macdonald, Paula Randall 0419 238 756
For Mr Abbott, Maxine Sells (06) 277 4337