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Media Release

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

SUNSHINE COAST GREEN CORPS INSPECTED


30 January 1998

Progress on establishing lifelines for fauna near Maleny and a low impact walking track through one of the Sunshine Coast's more sensitive areas will today, (Friday 30 Jan), be inspected by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.

Senator Ian Macdonald, who is responsible for the Green Corps, will meet those involved with the Blackall Range and Weyba Conservation Park Green Corps projects.

Senator Macdonald said the projects at Maleny and Noosa respectively address some long standing concerns.

"The Maleny project is centred around revegetating riparian habitat, (or habitat around watercourses), to create corridor linkages. This is important in creating a wider genetic pool for mammals in the district," Senator Macdonald said.

"Part of this involves the removal of woody weeds which infest so much of the state and then planting to stabilise the ground and prevent erosion. At the same time the team is also establishing a bush food trial plot.

Other significant projects on the Sunshine Coast are around Noosa where the Weyba Conservation Park Green Corps Project is under way.

"The Green Corps team there is constructing an interpretative boardwalk and walking track to minimise human impact on a sensitive stand of mangroves in Noosaville area near the intersection of Weyba Road and the Noosa River," Senator Macdonald said.

"They are also building a fence to prevent dune erosion around Noosa National Park and planting Pandanus to prevent dune erosion.

"These sort of projects are at the sharp end of the Green Corps philosophy. They are helping improve the environment while giving young people a sense of achievement and direction."

The Blackall Range and Weyba Conservation Park projects are round-4 Green Corps initiatives which both began on December 1.

Attention News Eds/Chiefs of Staff
Senator Macdonald will be at Maleny at 10am and Noosa at 1pm. For details contact Liza Albion 0418 673 600.

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