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|Joint Media Release|
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.
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 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.