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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

GREEN CORPS TARGETS QUEENSLAND COASTAL AREAS


6 August 1998

Four new Green Corps teams will aim to revegetate sand dunes, protect native animal habitats and control invasive weeds when the eighth round of projects begin in September.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott, announced 27 new projects Australia wide, which will provide places for 270 young Australians aged between 17and 20.

Senator Macdonald said the projects complemented the Howard Government's environmental rescue package, the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust, with links to Trust programs such as Bushcare, the largest new program under the Trust, and Landcare.

"The new projects will take place in Hervey Bay, Townsville, Cairns and Innnisfail.

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

"The Green Corps project will make an important contribution to restoring the Johnstone region of the Wet Tropics to address losses of riparian, coastal and wetland vegetation."

Mr Abbott said that 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.

The 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 3500 young Australians over a two year period.

Media Contacts:
Maxine Sells, Mr Abbott's office (02) 62774337
Paula Randall, Senator Macdonald's office (07) 47713066 / 0419 238 756




Green Corps - Round Eight Projects

Queensland

      Location                       Project description                  Partner agency   

Hervey Bay            The project will target the protection and        Hervey Bay City    
                      restoration of dune environments at beaches       Council            
                      close to the City of Hervey Bay. Specific tasks                      
                      will include fencing, revegetation, developing                       
                      walkways and sign posting. Seed collection and                       
                      propagation are also key activities.                                 

Townsville            The project aims to protect, maintain and         Townsville City    
                      enhance the significant conservation values of    Council            
                      wetlands, estuary and riparian communities along                     
                      the Ross River and in surrounding sites. The                         
                      Green Corps team will support the Townsville                         
                      City Council's conservation strategy "Living                         
                      Today for Tomorrow".                                                 

Cairns                The project will target areas for rehabilitation  Cairns City        
                      in and near the Kamerunga Conservatiion Park and  Council            
                      along sections of Freshwater Creek. Specific                         
                      tasks include site preparation, nursery work,                        
                      and weed and vine control, planting, mulching                        
                      and watering.                                                        

Innisfail             The project aims to restore severely degraded     Johnstone          
                      coastal, wetland, riparian and remnant            Landcare           
                      vegetation at Ella Bay, Bingil Bay, Bulguru       Association Inc/   
                      Swamp and other selected sites. Project           Johnstone Shire    
                      activities will include weed removal and          Council            
                      control, planting seedlings, preparation and                         
                      maintenance of planting sites, seed collection                       
                      and nursery production.                                              



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