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|Joint Media Release|
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.
Maxine Sells, Mr Abbott's office (02) 62774337
Paula Randall, Senator Macdonald's office (07) 47713066 / 0419 238 756
Green Corps - Round Eight Projects
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.