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Federal Budget 1998
12 May 1998
In the 1996 Budget, the Government funded 3,500 Green Corps places over three years. This Budget confirms funding for 1,700 Green Corps places in 1998-99 and further funding will be considered subject to an upcoming formal evaluation of the program.
The success of the Green Corps is in no small way due to the calibre of the young Australians who volunteer to work for the repair and enhancement of Australia's environment.
Green Corps is another way that this Government is opening the door to training opportunities for young Australians. It allows them to combine their desire to help the environment with learning worthwhile skills that will be useful to them not only in further studies but also in their future careers.
Achievements of the first three rounds of Green Corps projects (involving nearly 1,000 volunteer participants) include: planting half a million trees, building or up-grading nearly 300 kilometres of walking track, weeding 14,000 hectares of native vegetation, propagating nearly 140,000 native stems, collecting more than a quarter tonne of native seed, constructing more than 170 kilometres of fencing and preparing 149 flora and fauna surveys.
The continuation of Green Corps again this year honours the Coalition's pre-election promise.
For further comment: Paula Randall (02) 6277 3665 or Phil Connole 0411 042 813