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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

GREEN CORPS TO TARGET INNISFAIL


29 July 1998

Degraded coastal and wetland areas around Innisfail will be amongst the sites to benefit from four new Green Corps projects announced today (Wednesday) for Queensland.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, North Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald announced 27 new projects, to begin across Australia in September, which will provide places for 270 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, with links to Trust programs such as Bushcare and Landcare.

"The Green Corps team will work with the Johnstone Landcare Association and the Johnstone Shire Council who are the partner agencies and undertake bush regeneration and habitat protection as part of the project.

"The Innisfail project will complement the Natural Heritage Trust's Bushcare projects for the Wet Tropics region of Far North Queensland - one of the largest revegetation projects of its type in the country.

"The project aims to restore severely degraded costal, wetland, riparian and remnant vegetation at Ella Bay, Bingil Bay and Bulgura Swamp and some other selected sites.

"The Green Corps team will aim to rehabilitate 10 ha of remnant vegetation, propagate 20,000 seedlings and plant 13,000 stems.

"The Green Corps projects funded so far had been extremely successful. The continued high number of applications showed that the program was on the right track in assisting young people to reach their future potential while helping to restore the environment.

"This announcement of the eighth round of Green Corps projects marks the continued delivery of a key election commitment by the Howard Government. The $42 million program will provide opportunities for 3,500 young Australian's over a two-year period," Senator Macdonald said.

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29 July 1998
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