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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

FOUR GREEN CORPS TEAMS TARGET SA


6 August 1998

Vegetation communities and wetland areas from Goolwa, south of Adelaide, to Renmark near the Victorian border, are set to benefit from four new Green Corps projects announced today for South Australia.

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, to begin across Australia in September, which will provide places for 270 young Australians aged between 17 and 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 and the National Wetlands Program.

"In Goolwa, the Green Corps will assist several community-initiated activities, including weed and feral animal control, revegetation, erosion control, earth stabilisation and biodiversity surveys.

"Another team will work to protect the Chowilla floodplain near Renmark from grazing and feral animals, and restore and revegetate the area through the planting of salt-tolerant plants including native Callitris Pine species. This work will help protect the conservation values of an internationally recognised wetland."

Mr Abbott said 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

South Australia

  Location                      Project description                    Partner agency   

Quorn         The project will be based at the Rangelands Bushcare    Greening          
              Support Centre at Quorn and project sites will be       Australia (SA)    
              located in and near the Flinders Ranges National Park.  Inc               
              The project specifically targets threatened plant                         
              communities and other identified animal (eg                               
              Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby) and plant species . Tasks                     
              will include developing and maintaining a seed bank,                      
              bait laying, weed control, fencing, surveys and                           
              community education activities.                                           

Goolwa        The project will assist a variety of community based    Alexandrina       
              groups in the Alexandrina Council region with           Council           
              revegetation and habitat rehabilitation activities. In                    
              addition it will support a hybrid Mallard / Black Duck                    
              removal program and conduct biodiversity surveys of                       
              remnant vegetation in cemeteries.                                         

Naracoorte    The project will undertake a revegetation program,      Department of     
              upgrade walking tracks and control weeds in the Bool    Enivornment,      
              Lagoon Game Reserve and Hacks Lagoon Conservation       Heritage and      
              Park. Both areas are among the most significant         Aboriginal        
              wetlands in the South East of South Australia.          Affairs           

Renmark/      The project will contribute to the restoration and      Department of     
Paringa       revegetation of important habitats on the Chowilla      Enviornment,      
              floodplain, part of the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve.     Heritage and      
              Tasks will include site planning and preparation,       Aboriginal        
              planting, electric fence construction, implementing     Affairs           
              rabbit control strategies and boardwalk construction.                     



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